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Nitro police captain arrested on brandishing charge after gun incident captured on video

Video shows Nitro Police Capt. Richard Foster with a gun in a heated argument with a man. (Daniella DiGenova)

A Nitro police captain has been arrested on a misdemeanor brandishing charge after a video surfaced on social media that shows him with a gun in his hand and involved in an argument with several people.

Richard Foster, 49, of South Charleston turned himself in Friday after a brandishing warrant was obtained, according to a news release from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office.

Nitro Police Chief Bobby Eggleton said Friday that Foster has been placed on administrative leave until further notice. Eggleton said Foster has been relieved of his weapons, vehicle and police identification.

The chief said there is an internal investigation by the Nitro Police Department and a criminal investigation by the sheriff’s office.

A video accompanying this story showing the incident was shot by a viewer. In the video, the officer appears to be upset about something he said someone said to his mother.

The news release from the sheriff’s office said a 911 call was made Thursday about an incident on Berry Hills Drive near South Charleston. Several people were arguing about a mobile home that was being placed on a lot near the road. One person was reported to have a gun. Deputies said the person who held the gun was Foster.

As deputies arrived at the scene they separated the arguing parties and attempted to interview those present who witnessed the altercation. One person made a cell phone video of part of the argument. That person and the two men arguing with Foster did not give statements to the deputies before leaving the scene. They left as it was explained by deputies a misdemeanor offense like brandishing requires them to get a warrant before making an arrest.



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