A bullying-cop in Florida is now facing charges after threatening his wife, and pulling a gun on his step-son.
The Sunrise Police officer was arrested in his home recently during a domestic violence incident, the department says.
If convicted of even a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, Patrick Gravelle, 41, will be federally prohibited from owning or carrying a firearm. This would make being a police officer a bit difficult, and could spell the end of his career.
But the domestic violence charge is not the only one that the bully cop is facing. He is also charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, which could also mean serious career troubles for the officer, as well as serious time behind bars.
The arrest report says that Gravelle and his step-son got into an initially verbal argument. The step-son says that Gravelle was “screaming and yelling” for him to get out of the house.
But as the youth went to get his belongings, he heard the officer chamber a round into a firearm.
He looked up and saw the off-duty officer aiming a handgun at him, the affidavit continued.
Gravelle claimed, however, that the youth “began to aggressively come towards him.”
The cowardly cop “clipped my gun onto my belt,” he explained.
Gravelle says there was no “pointing” of his gun. But the mother and son disagreed.
Gravelle’s wife also said that Gravelle had threatened to “shoot her, kill her, dump her body in the Everglades” and then “kill himself.”
This was all said “while pointing a gun at her chest.”
Her arm was covered in bruises which Gravelle said were only there because he had pinched her “as a form a punishment.”
The arrest occurred Sunday, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit. That’s when Gravelle was booked into the Broward Jail.
His attorney begged the judge for a low bond amount, at his court hearing. He promised the judge that Gravelle would attend all hearings.
The judge agreed, but said that Gravelle is not allowed near a firearm for the time being.
Sunrise Police tell us that Gravelle has been on the force for two years and four months. They declined to comment further on the specifics of the case, or why there are so many officers who abuse their spouses and children at a higher rate than non-law enforcement officers.
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(Article by Reagan Ali and S. Wooten)