Police captain arrested after video of confrontation goes viral


NITRO, WV (WOWK) – A West Virginia police captain has been arrested after video of an altercation went viral.

Captain Richard Foster was relieved of his police weapons, vehicle and police identification and placed on administrative leave from the Nitro Police Department.

It all happened after video surfaced on Facebook with Captain Foster appearing to be in an argument with two men while brandishing his gun.

The video has already received 2,000 shares and 86,000 views on Facebook in less than 24 hours.

“They’ve got you on video,” said one of the men involved in the altercation.” Foster said, “I don’t care. Video it all you want, buddy, I don’t care. It’s a [expletive] public road.”

“You’re not going to talk to my mother like that — I promise you right now,” said Foster to a man in the video, all while holding his gun during the entire video.

According to Sgt. Brian Humphreys from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, a warrant was obtained for Foster in regard to an argument where he brandished a gun in the Berry Hills Drive area of South Charleston.

Foster turned himself into the Sheriff’s Office.

Nitro Police says an ongoing internal investigation by the Nitro Police Department and a criminal investigation by the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office.

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