EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSDOMESTIC INCIDENT
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Boone County Deputy On Leave While Internal Investigation Takes Place
Reported by: Kennie Bass
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Dec. 10, 2012 5:38 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 10, 2012 5:57 PM EST
Madison , Boone County , West Virginia
This is the cruiser a Boone County sheriff's deputy was driving when he allegedly became involved in a domestic dispute on Saturday at the Southridge Shopping Centre's One Stop Exxon station.
Witnesses said the officer pulled his car into the lot and parked close to another vehicle carrying his wife and another man. A heated argument ensued between the men.
The deputy, who hasn't been identified, was on duty at the time of the incident.
"The other two parties involved, one was his current wife," South Charleston Police Chief Brad Rinehart said. "She was just not wanting to prosecute or anything. She said she just wanted to keep everything in house. There was another gentleman involved, too, and he said he's not interested in prosecuting."
Boone County Sheriff Rodney Miller said initial reports that the deputy hit the other vehicle with his cruiser appear to be overblown. He said the officer is on paid administrative leave while the situation is being looked at.
"We are working with the South Charleston Police Department trying to get all of the information we can," Miller said. "Trying to find out really what happened rather than speculate on a person's future."
There were no arrests or charges filed because of the incident. But Miller said he holds his officers to a very high standard of conduct, whether they are on or off duty.
"Regardless of where you are, any specific time of day, the public knows who you are," Miller said. "They know what your job is, they know what you are. So, on duty or off duty, we hold our guys to a higher accountability and that's the way we'll address this one."
Miller declined to release the store's surveillance video of the incident because of the ongoing investigation. He said he hopes to have the probe wrapped up in a few days.
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