SCOTTSDALE, AZ - A Scottsdale Police officer under investigation for his seventh officer involved shooting was granted accidental disability retirement.
12-year veteran officer James Peters has been on administrative leave since he shot and killed John Loxas while he was holding his nine-month-old grandson in February of 2012.
Neighbors had called police to report that Loxas was threatening them with a gun. Detectives found several weapons inside the home.
Since that time Officer Peters has been on administrative leave and shortly afterwards applied for retirement based on a work related injury.
Because of HIPPA protected medical records, it is unknown if that injury is mental or physical or when it occurred.
But a Public Safety Personnel Retirement System board unanimously approved his retirement which will pay him just over 4,500 a month for the rest of his life.
"Under the statute if he has a physical or mental condition that prevents him from performing his duties as a police officer and if that was a result of injuries occurred in the performance of his duties then he would qualify and the board unanimously agreed on that, "said Michael Anthony, legal counsel for PSPRS.
Anthony also added that board members could only consider the medical condition and not the current shooting investigation.
Peters' retirement will take effect on July 1, 2012.
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