LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — In a meeting held Wednesday, the Lafayette Police Civil Service Commission announced it accepted the proposal to discipline Lafayette police officer Daniel Sells.
Not only will he serve a suspension, he's also been demoted from technician to patrolman. His take home car privileges have also been taken away.
In March, Chief Patrick Flannelly said Sells was pointing his TASER at a dispatcher during a debriefing call at St. Elizabeth East. Witnesses describe it as "horseplay." However, Sells neglected to remove the cartridge from his TASER and shot a dispatcher in her foot.
The merit board found him to be negligent of using a weapon and misusing department equipment. They also found him to exhibit unsatisfactory performance.
"It's very important to us to maintain high levels of standards," said Flannelly. "We take our trust with the public very seriously. Just like any organization, if we have an employee that is not following the rules or they do something wrong, we need to hold them accountable for it."
Those weren't the only violations.
In a separate case, Sells was found to have unbecoming conduct, unsatisfactory performance and mishandling evidence. Flannelly said these charges stem from an ongoing criminal investigation. Flannelly said because the criminal investigation is in the hands of the prosecutor, he wasn't able to give News 18 much information.
Sells has already served his five day suspension for the TASER incident. He now has to serve ten days for the other violations.