RPD detective arrested for battery

January 11, 2011 • Local News

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. Madsen’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 “she kicked him and struck him, causing bruises and scrapes.”

The official who took the report said he saw bruises and scrapes on Madsen’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. “The decision was made by (Hicks) to hand it over to Matt Chandler,” said Chief Dennis Kintigh. “She has worked with him in the past.”

Kintigh was unwilling to discuss the cause of the altercation. The incident occurred at the couple’s house, but the arrest took place at the police department. Bond was set at $1,500, which Kintigh said Madsen posted. “This is not a good day for the RPD, but I’m proud of the people here,” said Kintigh. “They behaved professionally, throughout.” If found guilty of the misdemeanor crime, the incident could ruin the detective’s career.

“She will not be able to be a police officer anywhere in the United States,” Kintigh said. “No one charged with domestic violence can carry a gun.” Madsen has been suspended with pay, pending investigations. Calling it “a sad day,” Kintigh praised her police work in the past and said she is dedicated and is a good liasion with the community. “(The) RPD treats these cases very seriously, and we don’t show favoritism,” Kintigh said. “The law will be enforced equally for everybody. … This case is hard on everybody, but it’s important for people to know that officers will be treated no differently than any other citizen of our community,” he said.

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2 Responses to RPD detective arrested for battery

  1. sue says:

    Note to Chief Kinigh: it is very sad that something like this happens to such a good police officer. Officer Madsen’s excellent record should speak for itself. There is more to the story thaan is published I am sure. I pray charges can and will be dropped against Officer Madsen. Both her and her husband are good people. It’s a shame one personal incident should ruin an officer’s career as RPD would lose one of it’s best officers!

  2. ginni says:

    I was wondering how that other officer who I believe struck and handcuffed his wife got away . Oh maybe because he was a male . I dont know just a question. Hmmmm……

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