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VIPD Officer Tracy Richardson Charged With Domestic Violence After Allegedly Punching His Wife In The Face (UPDATE!)



CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A former Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) officer has been arrested on domestic violence-related charges after he allegedly pointed a gun at his wife, punched her in the face and fired gunshots at her, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

The VIPD, however, denied on Thursday that Tracy Richardson, the 48-year-old St. Thomas man who has been arrested and charged in connection with a case of domestic violence, is still with the force.

“Former police officer Tracy Richardson left the police force in December of 2010 (with) his rank as police officer,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte told the V.I. Freep at 9:46 p.m. on Thursday.

But a V.I. Free Press review of Richardson’s Facebook page today revealed that Richardson still lists the VIPD as his place of employment (see photo below):


On Wednesday, Richardson was arrested after his wife reported to police being terrorized by him repeatedly on Monday — including incidents of physical and verbal abuse, brandishing a weapon and firing a weapon, police said.

Richardson’s wife said that she was at her residence when her husband came home and started to argue with her. The argument led to Richardson damaging “several items” in the residence, she said.

The woman said that Richardson left the residence and returned shortly thereafter and struck her in the face with a closed fist, causing injury to the right side of her chin.

Richardson was also charged with “third-degree assault” and “illegal discharge of a firearm” after he was identified as the person who pointed a gun at his wife and fired shots outside her residence, according to police.

No bail was set for Richardson under the Domestic Violence law.  He was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an Advice of Rights hearing.

Dratte made it clear in his communication with the Virgin Islands Free Press that Richardson left the VIPD six years ago.

But Richardson’s profile presence on social media — specifically Facebook — tells a different story.


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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.


  1. Island Dogg
    October 27, 2016 at 4:34 PM — Reply

    Why in hell don’t you take your time to get the evidence and information correct before putting it as news. That man has not been a police for over 6 years. Why would you feel it’s right to label him as such. Is it your goal just to make the VIPD look bad. Your sucking

  2. Lula
    October 28, 2016 at 8:25 AM — Reply

    Are you guys serious!!!!!! The guy is not an officer. I can’t believe you formulated this article based on a Facebook page. What kind of journalism is that? So not professional.

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