A veteran officer with the Richmond Police Department has been arrested on domestic assault charges, officials announced Friday afternoon.
Ernest Ford, 40, was charged with felony strangulation, felony abduction and domestic simple assault, according to Richmond Police Spokesperson Gene Lepley.
The charges were brought as the result of an incident between Ford and a female companion that occurred last Tuesday in Richmond. The female received minor injuries, NBC News reports.
Richmond Police Chief William C. Smith said he was disturbed by the charges:
"I am disappointed by this officer’s alleged actions and will await the outcome of a trial. Anyone victimized by domestic violence should report those instances to the police so that we can provide support and assistance. We will provide protection to those persons who have been harmed and will seek justice for those who have been victimized. Domestic violence is particularly troublesome as it is difficult to prevent."
Ford has been with the police department for 11 years, he was placed on unpaid administrative leave as is policy. An internal investigation will take place after the case is adjudicated in court.