A Inexperienced Beret has been charged after he allegedly threatened to kill his spouse in entrance of his three youngsters after which held them hostage throughout a two-hour standoff with police.
Military Colonel Owen G Ray, 47, is accused of beating his spouse, Kristen, on Sunday, December 27, of their dwelling on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, in entrance his two youngest youngsters whereas his eldest referred to as the police.
When officers arrived on the scene, Ray – armed with a shotgun and two pistols – reportedly warned that if anybody tried to arrest him, he would kill them and himself, in line with Military.com.
Ray let his spouse and youngsters go round 12.30am however didn’t give up himself till round 2.30am, police say.
Military Colonel Owen G Ray, 47 (left), and his spouse, Kristen, received into an argument after she believed him to be intoxicated
Kristen stated she grew to become frightened throughout the argument and hid within the bed room of her two younger youngsters, ages 7 and 10. Pictured: Ray (far left), his spouse (far proper) and their three youngsters
In line with a possible trigger affidavit, seen by Army.com, the incident started after Ray, a member of the Military Particular Forces, and his spouse received into an argument, wherein she accused her husband of being drunk.
The affidavit states that Kristen grew to become scared and hid within the bed room of her 7-year-old and 10-year-old.
Kristen informed police she heard her husband say: ‘Let’s do that’ and went to the storage to retrieve his firearms, Army.com experiences.
After discovering his spouse and youngsters, Ray allegedly began ‘shouting and swinging the gun round.’
When she threatened to name police, Ray is claimed to have change into ‘enraged’ and aimed one of many weapons at Kristen, threatening to kill her in entrance of the kids, reported Army.com.
Ray allegedly then kicked his spouse repeatedly within the face and chest whereas the youthful youngsters screamed at him: ‘Do not kill mother! Do not shoot us!’
At this level, round midnight on Sunday, Ray’s 16-year-old daughter dialed 911 and informed dispatchers what was occurring.
Dispatchers reported having the ability to hear the youthful youngsters screaming over the telephone.
Ray lastly let his spouse and youngsters depart the bed room, at which level they ran downstairs to the primary flooring, the affidavit states.
After officers arrived, Ray, his spouse and their three youngsters had been nonetheless inside the home.
‘Ray might be heard saying, that legislation enforcement had surrounded the home so what alternative did he have now and “You are going to pressure me to kill myself,”‘ in line with the affidavit.
He let his spouse and younger youngsters exit the house at 12.33am and his eldest daughter quickly adopted, reported Army.com.
Ray (left and proper) allegedly retrieved a shotgun and two pistols from the storage and started beating his spouse, threatening to kill her in entrance of the kids. His eldest daughter, 16, referred to as police and, when officers arrived, they report that Ray was holding them hostage
Ray let his spouse and youngsters go round 12.30am earlier than surrendering himself round 2.30am, after which he was arrested and charged Pictured: Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, the place the Rays’ house is
Officers say that whereas talking on the telephone with Ray, the colonel threatened to shoot any officers who tried to arrest him and himself.
‘He said that he had killed lots of people and he had no drawback killing legislation enforcement in the event that they made makes an attempt to arrest him,’ in line with the affidavit, seen by Army.com.
At 2.22am, he lastly surrendered and was arrested by officers with the Lakewood Police Division.
He was charged with one depend of kidnapping within the first diploma, two counts of second-degree assault, one depend of felony harassment and one depend of reckless endangerment.
Ray is at present being held on the Pierce County Jail on a $1 million money or bail bond.
Courtroom paperwork reveal Ray has a bail listening to scheduled for January 4 and has been ordered to reappear in courtroom on January 11 together with his legal professional.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord informed Army.com that Ray has been suspended from his job as I Corps chief of workers.
In line with an official Army website, Ray has held a command at each stage throughout the 1st Particular Forces Group (Airborne), which deploys missions all through the Indo-Pacific.
He served as a detachment commander in 2003 and as firm commander in Afghanistan in 2011.
In 2013, Ray commanded the 4th Battalion of 1st SFG (A) and deployed as a part of the Particular Operations Joint Job Pressure earlier than assuming the place of I Corps chief of workers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.