Grambling fire chief resigns following arrest, added charge

By T. Scott Boatright

Grambling Mayor Edward Jones confirmed the resignation of Grambling Fire Chief Patrick Conley Thursday night in the wake of his arrest for domestic abuse last week.

Conley, whose resignation was effective immediately, was arrested April 21 on charges of domestic abuse (child endangerment), false imprisonment and attempted sexual battery, and an additional second degree rape charge was added to his rap sheet on Wednesday.

The 41-year-old allegedly attacked his wife the night of April 20 after she reportedly tried to calm him down in the midst of a PSTD nightmare. Conley reportedly grabbed her hair and forced her head toward his pelvic region after she touched his arm trying to settle him.

She reported that after dropping their children off at school the following morning, she locked herself in their bathroom and told him she was planning to leave their marriage. Conley allegedly then became angry and reportedly began yelling after she took off her wedding ring.

Conley’s arrest affidavit says that during the incident, Conley’s wife attempted to leave the residence but that he refused to let her do so.

She said she locked herself again in the bathroom and called authorities. She reported Conley then forced his way into the bathroom but quickly fled after realizing she was one the phone with police.

Conley is reported to later have checked himself into Northern Louisiana Medical Center and was booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.

The City of Grambling placed Conley on leave without pay on Wednesday before his Thursday night resignation.

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