Greenwood police chief placed on administration leave, under investigation

GREENWOOD, Mo. -- The Greenwood police chief has been placed on leave and is reportedly under investigation.

Greenwood City Clerk Dot Watkins confirmed to FOX4 that the Board of Aldermen placed Chief Greg Hallgrimson on administrative leave on Dec. 26. Watkins said Hallgrimson is the only city employee currently on leave.

A source tells FOX4 that Hallgrimson is under investigation for allegedly striking someone.

Additionally, Sgt. Collin Stosberg said the Missouri State Highway Patrol's drug and crime control division is investigating a city employee in Greenwood, but he could not confirm which employee that was.

"Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker requested the assistance of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control for the investigation of a city employee in Greenwood. The investigation is ongoing and upon completion will be sent to the prosecutor's office for review," Stosberg said.

The source tells FOX4 that a lawsuit is being prepared against Hallgrimson. That lawsuit reportedly stems from an incident while arresting Jonathan Zicarelli, a Greenwood father accused of attempting to drown his 6-month-old daughter in December.

When police arrived, they found the child alive, floating face up in the icy pond. She was rescued and miraculously survived.

Zicarelli is charged with domestic assault and is in jail on a $500,000 cash bond. Less than a week after his arrest, Hallgrimson was put on administrative leave.

FOX4 reached out to the attorney for Zicarelli, who said he and his client are not commenting at this time.

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