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January 17, 2014

APD officer placed on leave during investigation

Paperwork on domestic dispute is under review, prosecutor says

ANDERSON – A 15-year veteran of the Anderson Police Department faces possible felony charges for allegedly pointing a firearm in a domestic dispute, the Madison County sheriff said Thursday.

Bill Richardson, a forensic investigator with the Police Department, was placed on administrative leave Tuesday following an investigation by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.

Richardson allegedly pointed a firearm at a woman at his residence in rural southern Madison County.

The off-duty Richardson reportedly attended a birthday party Saturday night at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge on Mounds Road. The alleged incident took place after he returned to his residence.

Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson, not related to Bill Richardson, said deputies responded to the call shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday. He said a probable cause affidavit was delivered to the prosecutor’s office with requested charges. Those charges are a Class D felony of pointing a firearm and a Class D felony of criminal recklessness.

Sheriff Richardson said the woman made arrangements to go stay with family members and talked with a victim advocate on Monday. Bill Richardson denied the allegations, the sheriff said.

The Sheriff’s Department paperwork was turned over to Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings on Tuesday and copies were provided to APD.

Cummings said the paperwork is under review and it could be several weeks before a decision is made on whether charges will be filed.

“It all pertains to a domestic issue,” Cummings said.

Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith said the filing of charges is up to the prosecutor’s office.

“Police agencies can start the process, but we have to wait on the prosecutor to make an evaluation,” he said.

“The Madison County Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation,” Smith said. “We’re dealing with the information being supplied by the sheriff’s department and action by the prosecutor. That will determine the action taken by the police department.”

Smith said the city wants employees the public can have confidence in and function at the highest level of integrity.

Bill Richardson’s annual salary with the Police Department is $44,611.

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