- Associated Press - Saturday, October 4, 2014

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Spokane’s police chief says a veteran police detective filed for retirement after being interviewed by the FBI regarding a report that the detective had received steroids at his home.

The Spokesman Review reports (http://is.gd/eKVa1E ) that Chief Frank Straub told a news briefing Friday that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration contacted police in January to report that Detective Tramell “Mell” Taylor had received the steroids. The chief says his department referred the matter to the FBI, which interviewed the officer as recently as last week.

Police said earlier this week that both Taylor and his wife, Sgt. Lydia Taylor, were under internal investigation to determine if they violated department rules. Lydia Taylor was placed on leave.

Straub says Lydia Taylor is under investigation “in part” because of her husband’s receipt of the steroids.

The officers were not immediately reachable for comment.

Mell Taylor won a Police Service Award and Washington State Law Enforcement Medal of Honor in 1996 for catching a murder suspect while off-duty. He also earned the department’s Lifesaving Award in 2007. Lydia Taylor recently served as a department spokeswoman.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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