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Drew Peterson's son should be fired as cop, chief says

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Oak Brook Police Chief Thomas Sheahan contends that Drew Peterson’s son, Stephen Peterson, should be fired for keeping several of his father’s firearms in the days after Stacy Peterson vanished in 2007.


Drew Peterson's son, a police officer, should be fired for keeping several of his father's firearms in the days after Stacy Peterson vanished in 2007, Oak Brook Police Chief Thomas Sheahan contends in documents filed this week.

Sheahan has filed charges with the village's police and fire commission seeking to have Stephen Peterson dismissed from his post as an Oak Brook patrolman, said attorney Mark Sterk, who represents the commission.

Sheahan also wants Peterson suspended without pay until the disciplinary proceedings are resolved, Sterk said.

Peterson already has been placed on paid administrative leave for keeping up to three weapons given to him by his father, Drew Peterson, just after the Oct. 28, 2007 disappearance of Drew's fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.

Stephen Peterson has testified he held onto the guns for several days because his father didn't want the weapons seized by investigators probing Stacy Peterson's still unsolved disappearance.

The charges filed against the younger Peterson contend he should have immediately given the weapons to police.

Drew Peterson hasn't been charged in connection with Stacy's disappearance, but he remains jailed while awaiting trial on charges he drowned his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in her bathtub.

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