Columbia police say they've fired a member of the command staff for insubordination, shredding documents and secretly recording a conversation with the police chief.
But the terminated officer contends there's more to it.
City Manager Theresa Wilson says former Captain Dave Navarro admitted to violating city policies. She says the incidents happened after the department asked Navarro to change duties.
But WIS-TV is reporting that Navarro claims he was asked several months ago by then-Deputy Police Chief Ruben Santiago to take part in a scheme where a stolen gun and drugs would be planted in Assistant City Manager Allison Baker's car to get him fired.
Navarro alleges that then-Police Chief Randy Scott would move into Baker's spot and Santiago would be named to head the police department.
Navarro says he wanted no part of it, and when he tried to speak to current City Manager Theresa Wilson about the matter last week – including reporting it to Internal Affairs and the State Law Enforcement Division – he was suspended without pay, leading up to today's firing.
Santiago calls the claims ridiculous and says Navarro is just trying to discredit him.
SLED says it's looking into Navarro's allegations, but has not started an actual investigation.