LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — A lieutenant who has served with the Lynchburg Police Department for 19 years is now facing charges in connection with an assault from last week.
Just after 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, the Lynchburg Police Department says it received a 911 call about an assault in the Boonsboro area of the city.
When patrol officers arrived at the scene, they determined that an off-duty Lynchburg police officer was involved in this incident.
As a result, department officials say they asked Virginia State Police to conduct the criminal investigation into the matter.
According to police, the involved officer was placed on administrative leave with pay on Friday, May 20 pending the adjudication of Virginia State Police’s criminal investigation and the outcome of the Lynchburg Police Department’s internal investigation.
On Tuesday, May 24, authorities say Virginia State Police charged Brian Smith — who currently holds the rank of lieutenant in Lynchburg Police’s administrative division — with one count of trespassing and one count of assault and battery.
Officials tell WFXR News that one of the people involved in Thursday’s incident obtained a protective order against Smith. However, Smith has also obtained a protective order and warrant for assault and battery against the same individual, as well as a second involved person.