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Former New Britain parks department officer arrested

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Gary Raia (Plainville Police) Gary Raia (Plainville Police)

A former New Britain Parks Department officer is under arrest for what he allegedly did to his wife.

Investigators said Gary Raia allegedly repeatedly assaulted, choked and threatened her for years.

Plainville police said an innocent 911 call to them on Sunday morning is how they were able to uncover years of an abusive marriage.

“Mr. Raia called us to ask us if it was OK for him to sit in his idling vehicle in the driveway overnight,” said Plainville Police Lt. Nicholas Mullins.

Raia was found in his pickup truck at his home on Metacomet Road in Plainville.

He allegedly told police he had seven beers and got into an argument with a convicted felon.

“The officers noticed that Mr. Raia was intoxicated while being in possession of a firearm,” Mullins said.

After securing the weapon, police began interviewing Raia’s family members.

That is when, according to police, they found out about the abusive relationship he had with his wife.

“The abuse allegedly included him strangling her, putting a gun to her head and firing off shots outside of the home,” Mullins said.

According to an arrest warrant, Raia “assaulted, choked, threatened, and has had guns put to her head” almost on a daily basis.

On one occasion, Raia’s wife reportedly told police “She heard a gunshot from inside the garage. Gary then came out of the garage and fired off two more rounds into the air." 

Documents said Raia’s wife told investigators that her husband was “constantly drinking.”

On another occasion, Raia told his wife “Go ahead hit me again, you're going to get shot,” documents said.

Police said Raia’s wife was able to record some of the alleged incidents.

Investigators said Raia will no longer have possession of his weapons.

“The officers seized that firearm along with others that were inside the home,” Mullins said.

Raia is reportedly still behind bars. He is expected to appear in court on Sept. 16.

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