Placed On Leave By Nitro Police Chief
Captain Richard Foster, 49, of the Nitro Police Department finds himself on the wrong side of the law, Friday, July 14th, 2017. He was arrested on a Brandishing charge after he was caught on camera holding a pistol in a verbal dispute.
He was not on duty.
“Pulled a gun, cocked it and was pointing at everyone,” says Daniella DiGenova, who says she recorded (part of) the incident – then posted it on her Facebook page. “But bc he’s the cap of nitro pd, 3 Kanawha County sheriffs didn’t do anything to him. They didn’t see the big deal. Let’s make it go viral.”
Now, Foster may be heading to jail and is on administrative leave. His distinguished 10-year law enforcement career is in jeopardy.
“Captain Richard Foster has been placed on administrative leave until further notice,” states new Nitro Chief of Police Robert L. “Bobby” Eggleton, Jr. “He has been relieved of his police weapons, vehicle and police identification. This is an ongoing internal investigation by the Nitro Police Department and a criminal investigation by the Kanawha County Sheriffs Office.”
The incident, reportedly, happened near Berry Hills Drive, in South Charleston, near the home of Foster’s mother. There was a dispute over whether a new mobile home could be placed adjacent to her property and Foster felt his mother was being disrespected.
“That’s my f-ing mother,” Foster is heard yelling.
Foster is repeatedly told that the argument was being recorded. “I don’t care,” he responds, repeatedly.
After his arrest, Foster posted bond and was released from custody.
Nitro Mayor Dave Casebolt declined to say if Foster will be reinstated, saying, “We are fully cooperating with the sheriff’s department. He is on administrative leave until the process is over.”
Eggleton and Foster could not be reached for comment.
Publisher’s note: All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
A criminal complaint is a legal document that is usually filled out by a law enforcement officer presenting evidence to a judge or magistrate. The judicial official determines if the officer has provided enough evidence to issue a complaint or a warrant for a suspect arrest.