Charleston police officer on leave; subject of FBI probe

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster confirmed Thursday night a 12-year department veteran was on paid administrative leave and the subject of two investigations.

Sgt. Nick Null was placed on administrative leave Feb. 2.
Sgt. Nick Null was placed on administrative leave Feb. 2.

Webster said Sgt. Nick Null, most recently a patrol supervisor, was placed on paid administrative leave Feb. 2 pending the outcome of an internal investigation by the department’s professional standards division and a criminal investigation by the FBI.

Chief Webster would not elaborate on either probe. An FBI spokesperson did tell the agency was made aware of circumstances and it was currently on a “fact finding mission.”

Webster placed former Patrol Division Commander Lt. Shawn Williams on administrative leave last September while an investigation took place into some controversial videos that were found on Williams’ personal computer. Williams resigned last month deciding not to fight a decision from Chief Webster to fire him.

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