DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - "When they told me I was terminated, I was like, wow. I mean, I didn't deserve to be fired over such a small offense," says ex-Dayton Police Officer Ronald Horton.
He's been an officer with the DPD since 1990. Horton says he was 2 years away from retirement when he was fired Tuesday. He claims to know why.
"Me and the supervisor have a history. I don't think he particularly cares for me. So, basically, that's what I think it's all about,' comments Horton.
Assistant Chief Bob Chabali would only confirm that Horton was fired for a violation of policy.
Horton says he'd been on paid administrative leave since August for an incident that took place in June, when he called dispatch and said he would be delayed to a non-emergency call.
"I came home to use the restroom and the sergeant was inquiring about my whereabouts and I didn't tell him at first, that I was at home, until he told me I better come clean, which I did but he still didn't believe me," says Horton.
Horton says officers aren't allowed to go home unless they ask a supervisor, but he has done it once before and was never questioned.
Horton says other officers do it all the time and aren't punished.
He admits he's been in trouble before but wouldn't elaborate.
"It's sad, the way it happened, you know, all that time just down the tube. But, you know, what can I do? But, appeal it and hopefully get my job back," comments Horton.
Horton plans to file an appeal with the police union.
In the meantime, he says he'll be searching for another job.
Asst. Chief Chabali tells 2 NEWS no criminal charges will be filed.
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