Mayor: Chillicothe Police Chief ‘Taking Time Off’ During Third-Party Investigation


UPDATED: Friday March 22, 2013 6:49 PM

Chillicothe’s Mayor said on Friday that the city’s police chief, who has been under fire for his actions at a bar last weekend, is taking time off during a third-party investigation.

According to Mayor Jack Everson, Police Chief Roger Moore asked for a week vacation, and it was granted.

In a letter to the mayor, Moore said that his vacation was to "step away from the rigors of my daily duties and spend some time of personal reflection”

Moore is under investigation for his actions at the Cozy Inn Bar early Saturday, when he allegedly got into an argument with another patron.

Moore issued the following explanation about his actions:

"On that particular evening (March 16), I was off-duty and out socially on my personal time. While I was out I was approached by an individual who was intent upon provoking an altercation with me. I attempted to diffuse the situation and when that was unsuccessful attempted to leave. This individual continued to pursue me to my personal vehicle, attempting to provoke me into a physical confrontation. unfortunately, my reaction after that person laid his hands on me multiple times was captured on a cell phone video and that has drawn a great deal of undeserved negative attention to our city."

An internal investigation into the incident has been completed, according to the Mayor. The Mayor did not release the details of the investigation.

The Mayor also requested a third-party investigation into the incident by the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

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