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Stamford Coach Who Warned Shooting Suspect Placed On Leave

Westhill High School assistant basketball coach Jose Amor was placed on unpaid administrative leave following his arrest on charges of hindering.
Westhill High School assistant basketball coach Jose Amor was placed on unpaid administrative leave following his arrest on charges of hindering. Video Credit: Stamford Police Department

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A basketball coach and tutor from Westhill High School is on leave following allegations he hindered the prosecution in a shooting case.

Assistant high school basketball coach Jose Amor, 28, was charged Wednesday, June 29, and released on his own recognizance, the Stamford Advocate reported.

He's accused of tipping off one of his athletes wanted for questioning in a May 28 double shooting at La Quinta Inn.

Interim Superintendent of Schools James A. Connelly said Amor in on unpaid administrative leave and noted in a statement that the coach was a part-time Stamford Public Schools employee.

Armor has also resigned from his post as assistant basketball coach.

"Each and every employee of the Stamford Public Schools is considered to be a public trust employee—no exceptions," Connelly said in a statement. "If the allegations against him are true and his actions inhibited the police from effectively doing their job to keep our city safe, he has violated that trust."

Amor was hired in 2012 as a part time tutor providing classroom coverage for teachers as needed basis and supporting high school students during in-school suspension.

He also was the assistant boys’ basketball coach from 2012-16.

"The district will cooperate fully with the police investigation of this matter. I am proposing that the district undertake an administrative investigation into the actions of Mr. Amor," Connelly said. "I am also proposing that the district conduct an administrative review of the actions of other members of the WHS athletic program staff and their involvement in this matter."

Click here to read the Daily Voice coverage of the arrest.

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