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Henderson SWAT officer fired for destroying vehicle

Henderson SWAT officer fired for destroying vehicle

By Molly Waldron. CREATED Apr 29, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Henderson Police SWAT officer was fired after reportedly destroying a police department vehicle. 

The SWAT vehicle went up in flames in late February.

Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers said the officer committed serious policy violations leading to his termination.

The officer, Justin Simo, was on paid leave as the department investigated the incident. The damage was estimated at $60,000 and the vehicle was completely destroyed. 

Investigators said it likely happened because the car was driven on just its rims and the vehicle overheated. 

Simo said he didn't see any damage to the vehicle until it caught fire. 

"I must have confidence that our officers will follow all policies and procedures designed to protect city property from avoidable damage," Chief Moers said in a statement released to Action News. 

Simo may appeal the decision due to a collective bargaining agreement.