Cop statements not supported by evidence, sheriff says

WARREN — A volunteer Newton Township police officer said he was shot in his bulletproof vest July 7 by an unknown assailant, but an assortment of his statements are not supported by evidence, investigators said Friday.

Sheriff Thomas Altiere and Sheriff’s detective Sgt. Peter Pizzulo said the inconsistencies in his account of events and the way that his account differs from witnesses have led them to close their investigation into the case unless further information becomes available.

No charges have been filed against the officer, Tom Colosimo, 35, of Newton Falls, and none are planned, Altiere said.

Colosimo, who worked about 20 hours per week as a patrolman for the department, as well as volunteering as a reserve officer with the West Farmington Police Department, and heading up the Trumbull County Child Abduction Response Team, is working for none of those agencies at this time.

He resigned from the West Farmington Department and the CART team and is on leave from Newton Township, officials said.

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