NNPD officer arrested twice in one week


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Officers in Newport News have arrested one of their own on felony charges for the second time this week.

Holly McPherson with the Newport News Police Department said Officer Christopher B. Hancock, 30, was arrested Thursday afternoon at police headquarters after violating a protective order. He was also arrested Tuesday afternoon at police headquarters, charged with threats to burn.

The burn arrest stems from an incident that reportedly occurred April 2. McPherson said officers were notified of a domestic incident between Hancock and his wife at their home in the Denbigh area, and a criminal investigation immediately began, leading to his arrest.

Hancock was released from custody Tuesday on his signature, pending an arraignment in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court on Wednesday. After his arrest Thursday, he was put in the custody of the Newport News City Jail.

McPherson said the department is not releasing the circumstances surrounding the incident leading to Hancock’s arrest on Thursday.

Hancock has been with the Newport News Police Department since 2011 and was assigned as a patrol officer in the South Precinct. 

Threats to burn is a class 5 felony and can carry a punishment of between one year and 10 years behind bars. Violation of a protective order is a class one misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail and $2,500 in fines.

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