Sunrise police officer threatens to kill wife, dump body in Everglades, BSO report says
Patrick Gravelle suspended without pay after arrest
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A Sunrise police officer was arrested Sunday after he threatened his wife and stepson with a loaded gun, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.
Patrick Gravelle, 41, faces charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and domestic battery.
According to the arrest report, Gravelle was screaming at his stepson to get out of his house and pointing a gun at him.
Deputies arrived and spoke to Gravelle's wife, who told them about a confrontation with her husband about two weeks ago.
According to the report, Gravelle's wife said her husband "threatened to shoot her, kill her, dump her body in the Everglades and then kill himself while pointing a gun at her chest." She said that she didn't call 911 because she was afraid of what he might do.
Gravelle's wife also showed deputies bruises on her arm from where Gravelle pinched her "as a form of punishment" earlier in the week, the report said.
When deputies spoke to Gravelle, he told them that his stepson, who is bigger than him, "began to aggressively come towards him" during an argument, the report said. Because his stepson also takes steroids, Gravelle said he "clipped (his) gun onto (his) belt" but denied pointing it at anyone, the report said.
Gravelle's wife told deputies that she "is deathly afraid" of her husband and believes he "will kill her if and when he gets out of jail."
Gravelle was released from jail on bond Monday afternoon. He didn't have anything to say to reporters as he left the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.
"I can't comment at this time," Gavelle told Local 10 News.
Gravelle, who was ordered to stay away from his wife, has been suspended without pay by the Sunrise Police Department.
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