New Haven police announced Friday afternoon that one of their own is facing serious criminal charges after holding his family hostage in a domestic assault incident Thursday night.
According to New Haven police, Lieutenant Rahgue Tennant, and 18-year veteran of the department, had assaulted his wife over the course of several days before holding her and their children in their Morris Cove home.
SWAT officers initially responded to Tennant’s home on Tolli Terrace on reports of a barricaded person. A short time later, officers learned the barricaded person was Tennant.
Just after 5:50 p.m., hostage negotiators joined the SWAT team at the location. Officers were able to communicate with Tennant inside the home. He requested help, and agreed to come out peacefully, according to New Haven police.
Although Tennant surrendered to police peacefully, detectives have since learned about a pattern of domestic abuse from Tennant.
New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell said he his troubled by what has been learned from this investigation.
“There is no special treatment of officers by this department when it comes to the commission of a crime. We have an obligation to the victims… an obligation to uphold the law and assure that the perpetrators of crimes are held accountable. I’m troubled deeply by what we’ve learned. We feel for the family and assure them their wellbeing is our first priority.”
Investigators have interviewed Tennant’s family members and are in the process of compiling a list of charges against him. New Haven police said that Tennant is suspended from the department pending the outcome of this case.
Tennant is married with three young children.