Not according to the chief who recommended termination or the city manager who actually fired him. They say it had nothing to do with the shooting.
This officer is wrong about one thing. He should find a decent lawyer. In PA you can fire someone without giving a reason but if you fire someone for cause it has to be legal. The city now says the officer was fired for the two earlier incidents, but he was never reprimanded. The letter of termination had two pages detailing what the officer did wrong in the shooting and two sentences each that mention the other incidents.
One of the incidents was a failure to report a DOA. That incident involved the same two officers involved in the shooting. They had 14 and 11 years of experience. This officer had 11 months. None of the three officers reported the DOA and the more experienced officers were not disciplined.
The other incident was a complaint from a citizen who's husband was arrested. She accused the officer of swearing. Give me a break, if every cop that cursed were fired we wouldn't have any police at all.
Look, I don't have a problem with the shooting. These officers had every right to defend themselves. But I do have a problem with a police chief who fires a cop and then lies about his reasons. This chief even gave a press conference where he told the public that all three officers were back on the job. That was less than 24 hours after he fired the rookie.