Williamsburg police officer arrested after barricade incident, police say


WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — A Williamsburg police officer is being held without bond after he allegedly fired a rifle during a domestic-related barricade incident Wednesday afternoon. 

Lt. Richard Frederick Drab, Jr., 50, surrendered to authorities around 7:10 p.m., after James City County officers responded to the 4600 block of Noland Boulevard in Liberty Crossing around 5:15 p.m. 

Police say the incident stemmed from a domestic dispute in which Drab allegedly fired an AR-15 rifle one time in the home. No injuries were reported. 

He’s been charged with shooting within an occupied dwelling, domestic assault and brandishing and reckless handling of a firearm. Officers also seized six weapons from the home, which included handguns and long guns. 

Police say Drab, a 20-year veteran, is being placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation. Chief Sean Dunn said in a statement, “I want to thank the James City County Police Department for their prompt and professional handling of this situation which fortunately led to a peaceful resolution.”

According to the criminal complaint obtained by 10 On Your Side, Drab’s wife told police her husband was intoxicated and carrying a firearm, alleging he asked her to call police. 

When she didn’t, documents say Drab raised the rifle at her and said: Are you going to call police now? Drab’s wife said she walked out of the room and later heard the firearm discharge. 

According to the document, Drab said, “it’s all going to end tonight.” After a couple of hours, the 20 year-veteran eventually exited the house and was taken into custody.

Drab is being held in the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail with no bond. 

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