VIPD Officer Tracy Richardson Charged With Domestic Violence After Allegedly Punching His Wife In The Face (UPDATE!)
TERRORIZED HIS WIFE: VIPD’S TRACY RICHARDSON
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.