Wash. police chief says officer broke rules in firing shots


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Patrol car had been taken - 5-day suspension without pay may never be imposed
 
By STEVE MILETICH
The Seattle Times

SEATTLE, Wash. — Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske has found that an officer violated department rules when he fired three shots at a woman who commandeered a patrol car and drove away.

Kerlikowske suspended the officer, Harold Dentinger, for five days without pay but won't impose the penalty if the officer avoids similar misconduct for three years.

The chief's April 3 decision was revealed under a public-disclosure request filed by The Seattle Times.

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