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Jeffrey Scott Shifler profile

February 10, 2006|by TARA REILLY

The Hagerstown Police Department honored Officer Jeffrey Scott Shifler in 1997 for his handling of a drive-by shooting in 1996, according to a published report.

He escaped serious injury in August 1997 after he stopped a man on Jonathan Street who had been wanted by the police. Shifler ordered the man out of the car, but the man began to drive away. Shifler then sat on the man's lap and tried to reach the brake but eventually was thrown from the vehicle, according to a past police report.

On July 25, 2001, he wrote a letter to Police Chief Arthur Smith telling him he was "growing tired of the unprofessionalism of the Department," according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The complaint alleges Shifler is responsible for a series of threatening letters and telephone calls.

Shifler said in the letter to Smith that the department "had no morals, and that he was constantly being ridiculed behind his back," according to the complaint.

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Two years later, on Nov. 3, 2003, the department terminated Shifler's employment after 16 years for falsifying payroll records, the complaint states.

Shifler, 41, was hired as an officer of the newly formed Boonsboro Police Department in July 2005.

The complaint lists Shifler's address as 13934 Green Mountain Drive in Maugansville.

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