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Shreveport firefighter, paramedic facing new charges in drug tampering investigation

Michael Keener, 26 (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office) Michael Keener, 26 (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office)

A Shreveport firefighter and part-time paramedic already accused of taking narcotics from the fire department is now also accused of tampering with medications while on the job as a part-time paramedic for the North Caddo Medical Center.

26-year-old Michael Keener of Atlanta, TX was arrested on August 15 as the result of a Shreveport Police investigation into the theft of narcotics from the Shreveport Fire Department. He was charged with one count of malfeasance in office and one count of prohibited acts all schedules; (acquiring a controlled dangerous substance by fraud). He was placed on paid administrative leave by the fire department on the same day.

That investigation was prompted by a call from the Shreveport Fire Department in late July of 2013.

Long before that, however, the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office began an investigation into possible medication tampering at North Caddo Medical Center in Vivian.

LT. Don Gibbs says the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office got a call about possible medication tampering at the hospital in February 2012.

Detectives conducted interviews, re-interviews, administered polygraphs and gathered evidence that they say led to an arrest warrant being issued for Keener, who was working as a part-time paramedic on the ambulance crew. Keener allegedly, removed drugs from vials, then refilled them with a clear substance, and then placed them back into paramedic pouches which could have been administered to patients.

The clear substance has been reported to be "normal saline." That there have been no reports of patients being adversely affected by the switched medications.

Keener turned him self in at the Caddo Correctional Center on Wednesday, September 11 and was charged with illegally obtaining a controlled dangerous substance, and altering a controlled dangerous substance. Bond has been set at $1,500 on each charge.

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