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Irmo police officer fired for violating policy during traffic stop

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IRMO, SC (WIS) -

An Irmo police officer was fired earlier this month for "not following policy" during a traffic stop, Irmo Town Administrator Bob Brown told WIS Friday.

Former Officer L.R. Null, who was with the department for five years, wrote several citations that did not follow protocol.

Brown said the town could pursue the traffic tickets Null wrote, but the Town Attorney, Jake Moore, determined it would be fruitless.

More than 24 DUI citations and 76 traffic violations written by Null had to be dropped by Moore, Brown said. 

Brown said he "had other policy violations in the past—numerous times."

Last year, Null responded to a 911 call from a jogger who said a 4-year-old German Shepherd Lab mix chased a person down the street. When officers arrived, the dog was back on its property -- in the front yard, near the steps.

When Null tried to go to the front door to find the owners, the dog charged at him. Because he felt threatened by the dog's behavior, Null fired two shots at the dog, killing her.

Police Chief Brian Buck said Null's actions were justified because the officer acted in self-defense.

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