Officer placed on leave

Reuben Shaw

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A Warren police officer was placed on paid leave Tuesday in regards to a towing incident.

Officer Reuben Shaw turned in his gun, badge and identification Tuesday after being placed on administrative leave.

Warren Police Chief Eric Merkel said he’s written a letter asking the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation to see if criminal charges should be filed. Merkel said there will also be an internal investigation into Shaw’s actions, which Merkel said he just learned of Monday night.

Records obtained by WKBN show Shaw was placed on leave for his towing of a vehicle from private property. Merkel said he was unable to elaborate on details surrounding Shaw’s absence because of the police officers’ union contracts.

Shaw, while on leave, is prohibited from police-related side jobs.


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