Army will let Special Forces Colonel accused of domestic violence quietly retire at his current rank

Colonel Owen Ray
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Months after he was charged in a domestic violence incident, the U.S. Army is allowing former 1st Special Forces Group commander Colonel Owen Ray to quietly retire with no reduction in rank.

Connecting Vets first reported Colonel Ray's domestic violence arrest in December.

An Army incident report painted the picture of a drunken Ray brandishing a pistol and shotgun during an early morning stand-off with police at his home just a few days after Christmas in 2020.

His wife was able to escape the home with two of their children, but a teenage daughter was trapped inside with Ray as he held a gun to his head and threatened to kill himself.

"Bitch, I'm going to kill you!" Ray yelled to his wife outside the Army document states, as he barricaded the home and prepared for a gunfight with the police who responded to the scene. Two hours later he finally surrendered to police. Ray was charged with multiple counts of felony assault and harassment as well as kidnapping and reckless endangerment.

Two hours later, he finally surrendered to police. Ray was charged with multiple counts of felony assault and harassment as well as kidnapping and reckless endangerment.

Ray's wife told police at the scene that he would frequently beat her, especially when he had been drinking. She displayed injuries to her face and neck from where she said Ray stomped on her.

At the time, Ray was serving as the chief of staff for I Corps commander Lt. Gen. Randy George, having previously served at all levels of command in Special Forces where teammates and fellow officers had reported him to the Inspector General for bullying and berating them, but those complaints were blown off