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Raeford Police Chief Fired After Assault

Posted December 13, 2007 4:24 p.m. EST

— Two days after domestic-related assault charges were dismissed against him, Raeford Police Chief Kevin Locklear was fired from his job.

City Manager Richard Douglas said Locklear had been terminated, but he refused further comment, citing personnel privacy regulations.

Locklear was charged in November with assault on a female, injury to personal property and domestic criminal trespass after an alleged assault on his estranged wife.

Erlina Locklear told investigators that her estranged husband pushed her, causing her head to hit cement twice. He also grabbed her by the shirt and threw her onto the porch, she said.

Charges were dropped Tuesday when Kevin Locklear agreed to complete court-ordered treatment.

Locklear had served as Raeford police chief since January 2004. He was suspended by the City Council after his arrest.

Wagner Baskett, who has served as interim chief during Locklear's suspension, would continue in that role, Douglas said.