Roswell Police Detective Jeannie Madsen, an 11- year veteran of the Roswell Police Department, was arrested on Sunday in connection with a domestic violence incident around 9:30 p.m., on Saturday. Madsenâ€™s husband, Sgt. Eric Madsen, arrived at the RPD around 8 a.m. Sunday to file the report. According to the criminal complained filed in magistrate court, Madsen stated that he and his wife got into a verbal argument, and â€œshe kicked him and struck him, causing bruises and scrapes.â€
The official who took the report said he saw bruises and scrapes on Madsenâ€™s legs. An arrest warrant was issued by Judge John Halvorson against Madsen for battery against a household member. The case will be prosecuted by District Attorney Matt Chandler of the 9th Judicial District. â€œThe decision was made by (Hicks) to hand it over to Matt Chandler,â€ said Chief Dennis Kintigh. â€œShe has worked with him in the past.â€
Kintigh was unwilling to discuss the cause of the altercation. The incident occurred at the coupleâ€™s house, but the arrest took place at the police department. Bond was set at $1,500, which Kintigh said Madsen posted. â€œThis is not a good day for the RPD, but Iâ€™m proud of the people here,â€ said Kintigh. â€œThey behaved professionally, throughout.â€ If found guilty of the misdemeanor crime, the incident could ruin the detectiveâ€™s career.
â€œShe will not be able to be a police officer anywhere in the United States,â€ Kintigh said. â€œNo one charged with domestic violence can carry a gun.â€ Madsen has been suspended with pay, pending investigations. Calling it â€œa sad day,â€ Kintigh praised her police work in the past and said she is dedicated and is a good liasion with the community. â€œ(The) RPD treats these cases very seriously, and we donâ€™t show favoritism,â€ Kintigh said. â€œThe law will be enforced equally for everybody. … This case is hard on everybody, but itâ€™s important for people to know that officers will be treated no differently than any other citizen of our community,â€ he said.