Former HPD officer accused of punching ex-girlfriend repeatedly, holding gun to her head during November assault

HPD relieved the officer of his duties on Dec. 2.

A 12-year veteran of the Houston Police Department was arrested for burglary and assault Friday in Spring, HPD said in a statement.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – A 12-year veteran of the Houston Police Department was arrested for burglary and assault Friday in Spring, HPD said in a statement.

Ray Irvin, 41, was relieved of duty in December. He is accused of punching his ex-girlfriend repeatedly, holding a gun to her head and forcibly taking their child from her home during an assault on Nov. 21. He is charged with burglary with intent to commit a felony and aggravated assault of a family member.

During a probable cause hearing Saturday, Irvin’s bond was set at $90,000 – $50,000 for the burglary and $40,000 for the assault. An emergency protective order was also issued. The order prevents Irvin from contacting his ex-girlfriend.

Irvin was aggravated when his ex-girlfriend did not return his calls and text messages, according to the criminal complaint. When Irvin arrived at her home in the 2800 block of Hirschfield Road, the woman did not let him inside. As time passed, Irvin’s knocks on the door became more and more aggressive.

The woman called a cousin and asked her to stay on the phone, the criminal complaint reads.

Irvin kicked in the door, chased his ex-girlfriend into the master bedroom and struck her in the head and face several times before forcing her head onto a bed and placing the muzzle of his gun on her forehead, per court documents. When the woman tried to stop Irvin from taking their young child, he punched her in the back of the head.

After the assault, Irvin drove away with the child. Irvin’s ex-girlfriend pleaded with him to return and get the child’s car seat.

Deputies with the Harris County Constable Precinct 4 were called to the home. Irvin advised his ex-girlfriend to lie to law enforcement. Fearing for the child’s safety, she did. When Irvin talked with deputies, he claimed he lived at the residence and said the woman had locked him out, according to court documents.

Ignoring his ex-girlfriend’s request that he leave, Irvin slept at the residence, replaced the door and attempted to rekindle their relationship, the criminal complaint states. The ex-girlfriend told investigators she complied because she feared for the lives of herself and her child.

The incident is under investigation by the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office.

HPD relieved Irvin of his duties on Dec. 2. The department’s Internal Affairs Division is conducting it’s own investigation into Irvin’s alleged crimes.

Irvin was sworn in as a Houston police officer in November 2009. He was assigned to the South Central Patrol Division, HPD said in its statement.

View footage of Irvin’s Dec. 18 probable cause hearing below.

Ray Irvin, 41, is accused of punching his ex-girlfriends repeatedly, holding a gun to her head and forcibly taking their child from her home during an assault in November. He is charged with burglary with intent to commit a felony and aggravated assault of a family member. During a probable cause hearing Saturday, Irvin’s bond was set at $90,000 – $50,000 for the burglary and $40,000 for the assault.

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