Green Beret colonel arrested for police stand-off was investigated for being ...

The Green Beret colonel who was arrested after he allegedly threatened to kill his wife in front of his kids and held them hostage during a stand-off with police, had been investigated for being abusive to his staff months before the attack.

Army Col. Owen G. Rat was arrested on December 27 for beating his wife, Kristen, and pointing a gun at her when they got into an argument where she accused him of being drunk, in front of his two youngest children in their home on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.   

It has been revealed Ray had been investigated by the 1st Special Forces Command Inspector General (IG) following a complaint that described him as a toxic leader who was abusive and had explosive emotional episodes. 

But in June the IG dismissed the complaint as 'not substantiated'.

He was said to be prone to 'emotional outbursts,' swore at subordinates, and threatened to end their careers, an anonymous Special Forces officer who served under Ray at the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) said .

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Green Beret Army Colonel Owen G Ray, 47, who was arrested on December 27 for beating his wife and holding his family hostage at gunpoint, had been investigated months prior for being abusive to staff at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington

Green Beret Army Colonel Owen G Ray, 47, who was arrested on December 27 for beating his wife and holding his family hostage at gunpoint, had been investigated months prior for being abusive to staff at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington

In the December domestic incident his wife Kristen said she became frightened during the argument in which she accused him of being drunk. He then beat her in front of his kids and his eldest child called police. Ray (left) with his wife (far right) and their three children

In the December domestic incident his wife Kristen said she became frightened during the argument in which she accused him of being drunk. He then beat her in front of his kids and his eldest child called police. Ray (left) with his wife (far right) and their three children

'They always say "see something; say something," but the Army has to do something too. At the end of the day, this is a failure on the leadership in the Special Forces channels,' the now-retired officer who made the complaint said to the Army Times.

Ray was known for 'shaming people in public' and expected staff to work 14-hour days, as per the complaint.

'He acknowledged that he is an "a**hole (his word)" to work for, but yet does not seem to learn or try to be different in his approach,' the complaint.  

In one incident Ray missed a teleconference by an hour due to a misunderstanding of the time zones involved. He allegedly became so enraged he started 'swearing, shaking, and throwing papers on the table before telling staff to lace up in running shoes for a roughly seven-mile run.'

During the exhausting run two-thirds of his staff fell out of the pace of the run, but Ray 'did not give a second look' back.

The Army confirmed that there was an IG complaint against Ray but did not release the report or a comment about the case.

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