BCSO Deputy Arrested, Suspended After Domestic Violence Incident With Estranged Wife
By Space Coast Daily // May 24, 2017
Deputy Richard Lemons arrested
ABOVE VIDEO: A Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with Armed Battery (Domestic Violence) after allegedly battering his estranged wife during an argument, according to Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. (WFTV Video)
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – A Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with Armed Battery (Domestic Violence) after allegedly battering his estranged wife during an argument, according to Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Richard Lemons is currently detained at the Brevard County Jail on a ‘no bond’ status until he appears before a judge later Wednesday.
Sheriff’s Office says the arrest occurred after officers from the Melbourne Police Department responded to a disturbance call.
Investigators determined that upon returning to his residence after working an off-duty detail, Deputy Lemons arrived to find his estranged wife involved in a verbal argument with his daughter. Lemons allegedly confronted the victim and during the argument, Lemons grabbed the victim by the arm and throwing her to the ground.
According to the responding officers, the victim had bruises and cuts consistent with a battery.
Lemons was taken into custody without incident.
Deputy Lemons was immediately suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigations.
“I am extremely disappointed in the actions of our team member that have resulted in his arrest and immediate suspension without pay. Regardless of the outcome of the criminal side of this matter, I have authorized an Inquiry and will administer the appropriate discipline to the fullest extent possible if the allegations are accurate,” said Sheriff Wayne Ivey.
“As everyone knows, I am extremely proud of the amazing men and women of this agency who work around the clock everyday, and have established a great reputation within our community.’
“An incident of this nature is absolutely unacceptable to me, and if not immediately investigated and addressed, could serve to tarnish the hard work and dedication of our agency and team,” Ivey added.
Deputy Lemons began his employment with the Sheriff’s Office in September 2007 and is currently assigned to South Precinct Patrol, according to Goodyear.
For additional information concerning this News Release, please call PIO Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office at 321-501-7594