July 30th was a slow night in Brier, Washington for Brier officer Dan Anderson. The small town of 6000 had no shootings, robberies, looting, or riots going on, so officer Anderson figured he’d help out some of his brother cops who really needed it.
Twelve miles away in the town of Mukilteo, a 19 year old man had shown up to a party where his ex-girlfriend was at. The man, Allen Ivanov, was angry that his ex-girlfriend, Anna Bui, also 19, didn’t like him anymore. Ivanov figured an AR-15 would solve the problem.
Armed with his AR, Ivanov searched the party for Bui. When he found her, he opened fire. Ivanov also shot at other party-goers, some of whom were his friends. Bui and two other teenagers were killed.
Mukilteo police were called to the scene. When the two officers arrived, they had no idea if Ivanov was still in the house where he shot his former friends.
The officers quickly radioed for help while covering the door to the house. Anderson, a 25-year law enforcement veteran, was one of those who heard the call. Nights in Brier are generally pretty tame. Typically he’ll answer one call during his ten-hour shift, Anderson explained to KIRO 7, Washington. He figured the town would be safe if he went to the aid of his fellow officers in Mukilteo.
Anderson was one of the first backup officers to arrive. He and two other officers entered the home where Ivanoff had just killed three people. They cleared the house, but Ivanoff had escaped in a vehicle. He was later apprehended by Washington State Police.
Now, you’d think Anderson would get some kind of commendation for rushing to help officers in need of assistance, especially seeing that three people were just killed and they were dealing with an active shooter. Anderson didn’t HAVE to respond to the call for help. He could have hung out in his patrol car, and kept himself out of danger. But he didn’t. He ran towards the danger.
Anderson’s reward for his heroic effort? He was fired by his boss, Brier Police Chief Mike Catlett.
When Anderson asked Catlett why he was fired, he responded that he had left the town unprotected. Anderson told KOMO News that had there been an emergency in Brier, “dispatchers would find another agency to pitch in.”
Anderson went on, “when officers are asking for help, how can you expect a good officer to turn a deaf ear to that? I can’t understand that and if that means it’s time for me to find another line of work, so be it.”
Anderson retired from his Washington state trooper job after serving 25 years. He took the overnight patrol position with Brier last December. He’d been on the job only 8 months when he was fired.
Personally, I’d say Anderson is a hero and didn’t deserve to lose his job over this. He went towards danger to help his fellow officers, knowing full well that it could have been his last night on earth. If there’s any kind of cop you want on your force, it’s that kind!
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