Published December 18. 2013 8:00AM Updated December 18. 2013 8:06AM
Newtown (AP) — Newtown, Conn., officials won't fire a police officer who hasn't returned to work since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School because of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Officer Thomas Bean will be allowed to remain on long-term disability, after Police Chief Michael Kehoe rescinded his recommendation to fire Bean on Dec. 5. The News-Times of Danbury reports the town's Police Commission accepted Kehoe's withdrawal of the proposed firing and dropped the matter Tuesday.
Kehoe declined to comment.
Twenty first-graders and six adults were killed at the school on Dec. 14, 2012.
Bean gets half pay under the town's long-term disability benefits, but there's a dispute over how long he can receive those benefits. Town officials say two years, but the police union says 13 years until Bean's eligible for retirement.