Arbitrator upholds firing Everett police officer

EVERETT (AP) — An arbitrator has upheld the firing of Everett Police Officer Troy Meade.

The arbitrator decided last week that the police chief had good cause to fire Meade for the 2009 shooting death of Miles Meservey, a suspected drunken driver in a restaurant parking lot. The arbitrator wrote that the death could have been avoided.

The Daily Herald reports the ruling is binding and likely ends a three-year dispute that has cost the city more than $1.25 million.

Meade was acquitted of a murder charge, but the same jury concluded the shooting was not self-defense.