UPDATE 10:35 a.m. (4/21/22) — The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has responded after a deputy was charged with strangulation in connection with a June 2021 domestic dispute in Martinsville.

The sheriff’s office shared the following statement with WFXR News about the deputy’s employment on Thursday, April 21:

In our administration of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, we have always expressed to every employee our expectation to conduct themselves as an example of actions and trust to our community. We have never tolerated any wrongful conduct if this expectation has not been upheld. In this, Rayshaun Gravely is no longer employed with the office. This unfortunate incident is something that saddens anyone and unfortunately happens too often in society, regardless of occupation. Abuse should never be tolerated by anyone in a relationship and we hope anyone suffering abuse will come forward for help.

Henry County Sheriff’s Office


MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — A deputy from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office is now facing a strangulation charge after a domestic dispute in a parking lot across from the Sportsman’s Club in Martinsville from June 2021.

The Martinsville Police Department says Rayshaun O’Shea Gravely Jr. turned himself in on Tuesday, April 19.

Police say on June 6, 2021, while at a birthday party, Gravely got angry when he saw his “on-and-off” girlfriend talking with another man.

He reportedly grabbed her arm, twisted it behind her back, pushing her through the parking lot and up against a vehicle, and proceeded to choke her. She told police she thought he was going to kill her and she was on the verge of being unconscious, but she started to scratch at his throat before he released her and then went home together.

The victim said she initially did not press charges because she thought the situation would get better; however, this past weekend, another incident took place in Charlotte, North Carolina. There, Gravely was arrested for domestic assault.

The victim was was issued a protective order in North Carolina and attempted to get one in Virginia, but the Magistrate sent her to Martinsville Police to make a report for the strangulation.

She was able to provide pictures of injuries to her neck from the incident with the date and timestamp on the photo that matched her report.

Police say at this time, both Gravely and the victim are employed by the Henry County Sherriff’s Office.

Gravely is currently being held without bond.