EVERETT – The City of Everett fired a police officer Tuesday who was found not guilty of shooting and killing a man outside an Everett restaurant in 2009.
Officer Troy Meade, 41, said on June 10, 2009, Niles Meservey was drunk and attempted to run him over with his Corvette after several attempts to talk him out of the car. Meade said he fired because he feared for his life.
Charged with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter, a jury acquitted Meade of all charges. However, during the civil phase of the trial, a jury found Meade did not shoot Meservey out of self defense.
In a letter to Meade explaining his termination, Everett Police Chief James Scharf said he did not believe Meade took the proper steps to resolve the situation peacefully on June 10, 2009, and used deadly force when other options could have been exercised.
Scharf also said Meade has cost the department hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal expenses and settlements. The City of Everett proposed a settlement to a $15 million wrongful death claim with Meservey's daughter for $500,000.
During the trial, Meade's testimony often contradicted that of Everett police officer Steven Klocker, who testified that he didn't believe that anyone was in danger that night.