Police lieutenant out on $3,000 bond following domestic dispute

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Richmond Police officer is on the other side of the law, facing assault and firearm charges.

Sunday evening, Henrico Police arrested William C. "Randy" Meadows, 53, of Pinewood Glen Lane in eastern Henrico County following a reported domestic dispute with his wife.

Meadows is a lieutenant with the Richmond Police Internal Affairs Unit, which investigates complaints against the department.

Meadows was charged with assault on a family member and brandishing a firearm, both misdemeanors. If convicted, each crime is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Henrico Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court, "Meadows assaulted his wife by punching, scratching, and choking her during an argument they were having in their home." The document goes on to read, "[Victim] also stated that William Meadows pointed a firearm at her and told her that she was not leaving their residence, and that if she called the police that it would not be the end of the incident."

According to the arrest warrant, also filed in Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court, "[Meadows] claims he never touched her, however she has marks that are consistent with her story."

Monday evening, Richmond Police confirmed the arrest. "Lt. Meadows is on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the case in Henrico," said spokesman Gene Lepley.

Henrico Police said the type of weapon that was displayed was a handgun, but could not elaborate on the severity of the injuries from the alleged assault.

Lt. Meadows was released on $3,000 bond from the Henrico Jail Monday afternoon and is scheduled to appear in Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court in November. In the meantime, he has been ordered not to make any contact with his wife. Meadows did not respond to an e-mail request for comment.

Richmond police say the work of the Internal Affairs department continues. There are several investigators who will carry on while Lt. Meadows is on paid leave.

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