Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Officer: Pistol-Whipped by Estranged Husband

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Officer: Pistol-Whipped by Estranged Husband

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Last month, Jacksonville police officer Tracy Riley asked a

judge to protect her from her husband after he threatened to

kill her, their baby and himself.

Monday night, police said, a battered and bloodied Tracy Riley

begged for her life as those threats were nearly carried out.

Police said Tracy Riley, still in uniform, was pistol-whipped

with her gun, had her radio ripped away and had to plead with

her husband not to shoot her during the attack in their

Arlington home. She escaped him after convincing him to take her

to the hospital.

The case follows a similar attack last week in which a Mandarin

man was charged with kidnapping, raping and beating his wife

despite also having a court order for protection.

"This just proves it can happen to anyone, even though you have

a gun and you're wearing it," said Pattie Mallon, interim

executive director of the Hubbard House women's shelter.

Ray Riley, a 32-year-old former police officer, was arrested at

Memorial Hospital Jacksonville and charged with aggravated

battery with a deadly weapon, violation of an injunction for

protection and depriving an officer of means of communication.

He was jailed on $50,000 bond.

The attack occurred even though Tracy Riley had an injunction

for protection, which would have allowed police to arrest her

husband if he threatened or harmed her. She said her husband,

angry that she wanted a divorce, vowed to harm her despite the

court order.

Tracy Riley, 30, and her 2-year-old daughter are being cared for

by her family. Police officials are worried that the problems

may not be over.

"We're very concerned for the safety of her and her daughter,"

said Assistant Chief Bobby Drummond. "We're going to do

everything we can to be there for them."

Monday's attack occurred about 7:30 p.m. at the Rileys' home

near Jacksonville University. Tracy Riley, who recently began

living with her mother, went to her home after work to get some

clothes for her daughter, police said. …

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