Rogers Police Officer Suspended With Pay After Arrest

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The Rogers Police Department has put Sgt. Jesse Ray on paid administrative leave following his arrest Friday (May 17) on suspicion of choking his wife and threatening to kill her, deputies said.

Washington County deputies responded to a report of assault at a home on North Jackson Highway in Lincoln Friday, according to the preliminary arrest report. Patricia Ray complained she had been choked and beaten up by her husband, Jesse Ray,the report states.

Deputies said Patricia Ray had visible injuries on her face, neck and arms, the report states.

The couple was at a family member’s house for a birthday party when Ray asked to talk to her in private. That’s when he allegedly choked her, beat her and threatened to kill her, the report states.

The victim’s family told Ray to leave, and he later was arrested by deputies, the report states.

He was booked into the Washington County Detention Center and faces charges of aggravated assault on family, terroristic threatening, and third-degree domestic battery, the report states.

Ray was released from the detention center on a $5,000 bond, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office website.

Ray shot and killed a suspect in 2009 during a traffic stop, after which the shooting was declared justified, according to the Rogers Police Department.

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