Officers Fired for Damaging Home While Pursuing Suspect
December 22, 2010
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Two police officers lost their jobs after an internal investigation found they violated department rules by damaging a home while looking for a suspect.
A judge acquitted officers Donald Aldridge and Justin Ranum on charges of criminal mischief last week. But the Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood fired them Friday, saying they behaved unprofessionally.
Neighbors told investigators they saw Aldridge and Ranum “beating holes” in the front of a woman’s home before kicking in a storm door on Aug. 9. The officers were at the home looking for the woman’s boyfriend.
Officials say Aldridge has been with the department since 2004. Ranum joined the agency in 2007.