The Shannon Hills police chief fired Officer Scott Chaloner yesterday for comments he made about a police crackdown - the department says his comments hampered the operation.
Chief Terry Mullenax tells us, Chaloner's facebook page also played a role.
Chaloner was with the department for only four months and twenty-four days when the chief stripped him of his badge and uniform around 5 p.m. Tuesday.
"It's very unfortunate how it happened," said Mullenax.
The police chief says Chaloner lost his job after posting comments on his facebook page warning community members ahead of a multi-agency crackdown on drunk driving that took place last Saturday.
"Scott Chaloner had posted on facebook that 'if you live in Alexander and you are drinking and planning on driving, get yourself a designated driver. If you don't and you get out on the streets, you will wish you hadn't...just a word to the wise,'" the police chief read from a prepared statement.
Mullenax says the facebook post was only part of the problem. Chaloner had allegedly threatened to shut down the whole operation and gave Alexander residents other tips about getting around the check point.
"His actions hindered the checkpoint," said Mullenax.
Mayor James Smith says he fully supports the chief's decision.
"Yes, the termination should stand," Smith said.
The fired officer told THV he wants consult with lawyers before telling his side of the story.
Meanwhile, he's actively using the same platform that cost him his career to vindicate himself. In a recent post, he writes, "I am going to fight this all the way...I do not feel I have done anything wrong."
But Mullenax says he begs to differ.
"Scott Chaloner was terminated for conduct unbecoming of an officer. He was also terminated for obstruction of government operations," Mullenax read.
The police chief says there are other investigations into allegations involving Chaloner. He has invited Chaloner to argue his termination Thursday at a meeting. Chaloner was an uncertified police officer.