Chief Placed On Leave After Officer’s In-Station Overdose

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A western Pennsylvania police chief has been placed on paid leave in the wake of an officer’s on-duty drug overdose in the police station.

Johnstown solicitor Carl Beard says Friday that Chief Craig Foust’s leave is a “precautionary measure for everybody’s protection.” The city planned a news conference later in the afternoon.

The officer, whose name hasn’t been released, has also already been placed on paid administrative leave following the Sept. 18 overdose. Narcan, a drug used to reverse overdoses of heroin and other opioids, was used to revive the officer.

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Foust couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Beard says the chief’s return will likely be dictated by the outcome of the investigation and hopes Foust won’t be off-duty for long.

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