Fire captain to stay on active duty

Capt. David Lombardi

A North Charleston fire captain remains on active duty following his arrest on a criminal domestic violence charge.

Dorchester County sheriff's deputies arrested Capt. David Lombardi at his Ashley River Road home about 8 p.m. Saturday.

Lombardi's wife and daughter told deputies that Lombardi and his wife were arguing when he pushed her down on their couch and choked her until finally letting go, according to an incident report.

Lombardi, 42, told deputies his wife attacked him because she assumed he had been with another woman and that he pushed her onto the couch and held her down so she couldn't hurt him.

According to the report, Lombardi's wife told deputies she did not wish to prosecute her husband and declined to write a statement.

Deputies arrested Lombardi because of the physical evidence and because the mother's and daughter's stories matched, the report states.

Lombardi was taken to the Sheriff's Office annex in Summerville and served with a ticket. He has a trial date set for May 19.

North Charleston Fire Chief Greg Bulanow said Lombardi will remain on active duty.

"We're going to let the judicial process run its course and evaluate the situation," he said. "It's an unproven allegation at this time."

Christine Ruth, director of Human Resources for North Charleston, said the city does not have a policy dictating whether an employee must be placed on leave following an arrest.