Police: CT Lieutenant assaulted wife, held family hostage

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — New Haven officials say a veteran police lieutenant assaulted his wife while holding her and their three young children hostage for several days before surrendering peacefully to SWAT teams during a standoff.

Police released more details of the case Friday and identified the lieutenant as 18-year department veteran Rahgue Tennant.

A police spokesman says Tennant will face serious criminal charges and has been suspended. Police also say he has a history of domestic abuse.

SWAT teams responded to Tennant’s New Haven home Thursday for a reported barricaded person. Authorities say Tennant’s wife and children were able to leave the house before the police response, and Tennant surrendered after asking officers for help. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Tennant did not immediately return phone and email messages Friday.

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