Madison County

Richmond police officer responding to domestic disturbance is punched in face

A Richmond police officer was punched in the face Wednesday during a domestic disturbance, Chief Larry Brock said in a news release.

Devin Meeks, 21, was charged with third-degree assault of a police officer, fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and third-degree criminal mischief.

About 6 a.m., officers were sent to a domestic disturbance at Meeks' home on St. George Street. Officers were met by Meeks' girlfriend at the front door.

Almost immediately, Meeks approached officers and the girlfriend in an "aggressive manner" from inside the apartment, the news release said. One officer stepped inside the apartment to situate himself between Meeks and the girlfriend, and Meeks struck the officer in the face with his fist and ripped the officer's uniform, the news release said. Officers then used a stun gun to control Meeks and arrest him.

Officers later learned that Meeks had thrown his girlfriend into several walls in the apartment and had bitten her left arm.

Because of his high level of intoxication, Meeks was transported to Baptist Health Richmond for evaluation.

The officer, who was not identified, suffered a minor injury to his face, and the girlfriend declined medical treatment.

After being released from the hospital, Meeks was lodged in the Madison County jail.