Officer busted on felonious assault charges

Posted at 5:13 PM, Sep 18, 2012
and last updated 2012-09-18 17:13:48-04

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (WTVR) – A Colonial Beach police officer has been arrested on felonious assault charges. 

Fredericksburg police said they were called to the Forest Village Apartments about  two men fighting in a hallway on Sept. 13 at 8:20 p.m.

When officers arrived, the men were separated and a rescue squad was called to  the scene. One of the men, who had reportedly been in a choke hold, was checked by EMS personnel and they decided he did not need to be taken to the hospital.

Based on witnesses statements, 31-year-old Kevin Murrell, of Orange, was arrested for misdemeanor assault. Murrell is a police officer with the Colonial Beach Police Department.

Additionally, the victim called 911 the next day and requested an ambulance to take him to the emergency room for back pain. The medical examination revealed injuries that were not detected on the previous evening.

After consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, the investigating detective obtained a warrant on Monday with an upgraded charge of felonious assault (18.2-51.6).

Murrell was notified of the charge and he turned himself in Tuesday afternoon. He was arrested and later released on his own recognizance.

Over the weekend, Murrell obtained his own warrant against the other party involved in the fight charging him with assault and battery. 

Travis Cox, 22, of Fredericksburg was also arrested Monday and released on his own recognizance.