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Cop statements not supported by evidence, sheriff says



Published: Fri, July 25, 2008 @ 8:36 p.m.

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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1valleyconservative(19 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

What I would like to know is that if this guy is on a full disability from the Military, how then is he able to perform a his duties as a police officer? This guy is either a nut job or the most unlucky sob that ever lived. I'm leaning towards nutjob myself. He crashes one cruiser, leaves another on railroad tracks where it is destroyed by an oncoming train and gets himself shot, or shoots himself, all inside a 2 month period. Geez, even Barney Fife never did that!

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2paulydel(1324 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

According to the sheriff's department investigation this guy fired two shots and whitnesses said they only heard two shots, so was the susspect using a silencer?

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3Anita(20 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Officer Colosimo has had his 15 minutes of fame. I have to say, he did it in a rather flamboyant way. He does have an undeniable style. But, now its time for him to exit. As a resident of a rural area, I am getting a bit tired of being "protected" by Gong Show rejects who become cops. In my township, the police turnover rate is outrageous, the cops are fat and out of shape, and they drive like alcoholic baboons. They think the gas pedal is digital, not analog. It's either floored, or the brakes are locked up. I really think its time to set a minimum age of, say, 28 for police officers. The young ones are just too cowboy-ish.

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