Terra Alta, W.Va. (AP) -- A former Terra Alta police officer says he did his job well -- so well, that he believes it got him fired.
Michael Daff alleges in a lawsuit filed in Preston County Circuit Court that he was fired from the police force in March for making too many arrests -- including arrests of elected officials' family members.
The 36-year-old Daff, now a police officer in Masontown, claims he was never written up or reprimanded in his roughly 11 months on the job.
He also says town officials told nearby police departments that he was fired for having a gambling problem.
He says this caused him emotional distress.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
Terra Alta mayor Charles Feather and town attorney Sheila Williams declined to comment on the lawsuit.
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