Major Metro Transit Investigation Finished

Updated: 04/22/2013 11:34 AM By: Jay Kolls

Metro Transit officials say a five-month investigation into employee conduct at their Hiawatha light rail maintenance facility is now finished.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS first reported last week that sources told us Metro Transit hired an outside law firm to conduct an administrative investigation. Sources say part of the allegations include gun sales on the job at the maintenance shop between managers and hourly workers.

Sources also say the people involved in those gun sales allegedly received special consideration for overtime shifts.

Those same sources tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigators are looking into allegations that some of the maintenance workers were buying and selling prescription pills while on the job.

Metro Transit officials would neither confirm, nor deny, they were looking into those specific allegations.

They did not provide an exact number of employees under investigation, but did say it involved "staff" at the maintenance facility which has 63 workers.

Sources tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the investigation is focusing on "multiple employees" in management and hourly workers. Metro Transit officials emphasized this is an administrative probe---not criminal.

But, they did say if the investigation uncovered evidence that suggested something was done illegally, they would forward that information on to the proper authorities.

Metro Transit also confirmed that a long-time employee shot and killed himself in the lobby of the maintenance shop two months ago.

But, they insist his suicide is not connected in any way to the just-completed investigation. Sources, however, tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the employee came into work asking to see a specific manager who was not available. 

A short time later, sources say, the man shot and killed himself. Those same sources say other guns were recovered from his vehicle parked at the maintenance facility.

Metro Transit officials say they cannot yet comment on any possible disciplinary action against employees at the maintenance facility.