Eric Corey, a former Jamestown Police Department detective, has resigned.
A news conference was held today by David W. Foley, Chautauqua County district attorney, and Harry Snellings, Jamestown police chief.
"At 9 a.m. this morning, Det. Eric Corey submitted his letter of resignation and is no longer an employee of the Jamestown Police Department," Snellings said. "He took this action on his own, and there has been no deal made in relation to the ongoing criminal investigation."
Harry Snellings, Jamestown police chief, speaks during a news conference Friday.
Corey, who has been a member of the Jamestown Police Department for 14 years, is under investigation after the district attorney learned he had tampered with evidence.
"On Aug. 9, I met with District Attorney Dave Foley to discuss a complaint that he had received, which involved a member of the Jamestown Police Department," Snellings said. "After reviewing the information, I advised my staff of the situation, and the detective was immediately placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of our investigation."
The New York State police have been conducting a criminal investigation. It has been learned that Corey had opened sealed evidence bags during the time he was custodian of the evidence vault. Additionally, he had attempted to purchase prescription pills from a source. Snellings said it must be assumed that Corey was under the influence of prescription pills while working.
Snellings said the case could potentially affect many of the cases on which Corey had worked.
A complete story can be found in Saturday's edition of The Post-Journal.