Personnel files released of officer involved in 6 deadly shootings
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (CBS5) -
The personnel files of a Scottsdale Police officer at the center of a controversial shooting show both honors and reprimands.
Last month, the officer opened fire on a suspect holding a baby.
The incident marked the seventh officer involved shooting for James Peters. Six of those shootings ended with the suspect dead.
Peters was hired by the Scottsdale Police Department in September 1999.
Police said his first shooting incident was in 2002. It was not fatal. The six that followed were.
Inside the files, CBS 5 found many nominations for the Chief's Award of Excellence and in 2007, he was even awarded the Medal of Valor for his courage and bravery.
His record is also spotted with reprimands and disciplinary action.
In December 2002, Officer Peters received a letter of suspension and was relieved of his duties for eight days for unprofessional conduct.
His superiors said in August of that year, he and a trainee were transporting a handcuffed prisoner in the backseat of a patrol car. While on the freeway, the suspension letter said his trainee sped on the freeway, braking several times and causing the prisoner to strike the cage divider in the car. The report called it an excessive use of force, saying that he did not do anything to stop the trainee.
The letter said he also admitted to making derogatory comments to the prisoner.
In April of 2005, he received another letter of reprimand after his superior said he mishandled his firearm. The letter said Peters was seen pointing his duty weapon at his head during a briefing. He admitted that this was an unsafe act and out of character.
The officer's latest shooting is still under investigation.
His roles in the previous shootings were found to be justified.
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