A Lake Stevens police officer who is the focus of a criminal investigation has resigned from the force, the department announced Monday.
The officer was identified as Andrew Thor in a news release by police Chief Dan Lorentzen. He said the city cannot comment on the investigation.
The investigation reportedly began after a woman Thor had been dating for several years obtained a protection order against him. According to the order, which was granted by a Pierce County Superior Court commissioner on Oct. 29, Thor had used his police authority to compile of dossier of information, including her Social Security number, past addresses and places of employment, on the 26-year-old woman.
The Puyallup woman claimed in the court documents that she felt threatened because Thor followed her, drove past her home and claimed he had killed men. The woman claims he also intimidated her by repeatedly loading and unloading his handgun in front of her.
The woman also said that Thor had lied so consistently and outrageously throughout their relationship that she felt in danger and uncertain of what he might do. The woman said Thor told her he was in the Special Forces and that he was a CIA agent, according to the protection order.
Thor declined to comment when reached by phone on Monday.
Thor had been praised by the department in March 2013 following an encounter with a theft suspect who pointed a handgun at the officer, according to a story in the Everett Herald. Thor was able to subdue the man after his Taser failed to stop him, the newspaper reported.
The handgun turned out to be a realistic-looking toy.