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Greece Police officer placed on involuntary leave

Greece, N.Y. - A decorated Greece Police officer was placed on involuntary leave following an incident involving the arrest of a 51 year-old Greece man on Saturday.

Officer Shaun Moore has twice been named Greece Police Officer of the Year. In 2008, Moore was involved in the shooting of a man who was reportedly threatening a woman at knifepoint. In 2009, Moore was involved in the shooting death of a 62 year-old man on Second Street near Braddock Rd.

In both cases Moore was cleared of any wrongdoing and commended for his acts.

The circumstances surrounding Saturday's incident remain much more vague at this time, but 13WHAM News has learned it surrounds the arrest of John Schneider, 51, who was first taken into custody around 4 p.m. on Marble Drive in Greece.

Court documents show Schneider was arrested after an alleged altercation with a woman who had a restraining order against him. Schneider is accused of punching out a window of a garage door at that Marble Drive home.

Schneider currently faces the following charges stemming from that September 21st incident: Criminal Mischief 4th degree, Criminal Contempt 2nd Degree (for allegedly violating a judge's restraining order that was issued one day prior), Resisting Arrest, Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd Degree, and three counts of 2nd Degree Harassment.

A court document for one of those Harassment charges states that Schneider allegedly threatened a Greece Police Sergeant on scene by saying, "I am going to kill you and your family."

Officer Shaun Moore is listed as the arresting officer for a separate 2nd Degree Harassment charge.

Town of Greece court records indicate that Schneider has a criminal record that dates back to 2001. Many of the arrests are for alcohol-related offenses, violations of probation, and harassment.

The focus of an ongoing internal investigation regards any interactions Schneider had with police officers while in custody at the Greece Police Department's Island Cottage Road headquarters according to sources. Chief Baxter explained that any "use of force" is investigated in this matter.

Baxter also described the injuries sustained as being a laceration and non-serious in nature.

Lake Shore Fire District Chief Jared Meeker tells 13WHAM News that a medic crew was dispatched twice within an hour to the Greece Police Department. The second dispatch resulted in a patient being transported to the hospital by Greece Volunteer Ambulance.

Multiple sources confirm for 13WHAM News that the initial call resulted in a patient refusing treatment for injuries to his hand. The second call was for injuries to that same patient's head that required medical attention at an area hospital.

An arrest photo of Schneider provided to 13WHAM News by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Jail depicts what appears to be swelling to his partially closed right eye and a fresh hospital bandage to his forehead above that eye.

While an internal investigation is ongoing, additional sources have confirmed Schneider made numerous threats to file a lawsuit while in police custody. All or some of what happened while Schneider was in custody was captured on video thanks to internal surveillance cameras.

Chief Baxter spoke of the value of having cameras in his police facilities for circumstances like this. Baxter also noted that there were "lots of witnesses" that will be spoken to as part of this internal investigation.

While sources confirm Officer Moore is the employee placed on involuntarily leave, Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter said he is prohibited by law from disclosing that information.

Baxter told 13WHAM News in an interview Friday afternoon he was made aware of the incident Monday following a routine review of weekend reports and video footage. The officer in question was previously scheduled off from work on Sunday and Monday and was assigned to non-patrol training on Tuesday according to Baxter.

The involuntarily leave status began on Wednesday.

During this leave, the officer will be paid from his accumulated "bank" of vacation or personal days, according to Chief Baxter.

Schneider remains in custody at the Monroe County Jail. His bail was set by a Greece Town Justice at $2,500 cash, $5,000 bond.

13WHAM News will have more exclusive details tonight on 13WHAM News at 5 and 6.

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