NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Christopher Miner is an award winning police officer; and, he'snow a man behind bars. Miner was arrested between three and3:30 Sunday afternoon for abduction, according to Newport NewsInvestigators.
Lou Thurston, spokesperson for Newport News Police, tellsWAVY.com the arrest stems from a complaint made by a Newport Newswoman. Thurston says the victim told investigators that Miner heldthe woman against her will. Police charged him with Abduction withImmoral Purposes.
WAVY.com uncovered Miner was one of 11 police officers inVirginia to received the "Valor Award" in 2005. He earned thehonor because of his actions in 2004, when a man he pulled over forreckless driving began shooting at him.
Miner returned fire, hitting the suspect in the leg and quicklycalling for backup. Shortly after, the suspect shot andkilled himself in a police standoff.
In receiving the award, Officials say, "Officer Miner is to becommended for his courageous actions for maintaining his composureduring a life-threatening situation and performing as he wastrained. Officer Miner prevented a dangerous suspect fromharming the community or other officers. His actions are acredit to himself, his department, and the community heserves."
Now, nearly four years after receiving such a high honor, Mineris at a low point, accused of committing a crime in that samecommunity he was awarded for serving.
It was only two weeks ago another Newport News Police Officerwas arrested for allegedly committing a crime. LieutenantRonald Hendrickson was taken into custody by York-Poquoson SheriffsOfficers after he was accused of sexually assaulting at 18 year-oldgirl around midnight December 25 into December 26.
Hendrickson is on administrative leave pending an internalinvestigation by the Newport News Police Department. Hispreliminary hearing is scheduled for March.
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