04/15/2009

Ill. officer recognized for nabbing suspect, then fired

By Greg Jonsson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — Twenty minutes after a killing in a Schnucks store Tuesday, Officer Kristopher Weston arrested a suspect he found hiding in some bushes.

A few hours after that, the mayor called Weston before the City Council to recognize him for his work. And less than five minutes after that, they voted to lay him off.

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