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Shots Fired in Gordon Avenue Home, Warwick Police Negotiator Called

[CREDIT: Bryan Bainter] Shots were reported from this Gordon Ave. home early Saturday night.
[CREDIT: Bryan Bainter] Shots were reported from this Gordon Ave. home early Saturday night.
11:08 p.m. UPDATE WARWICK, RI — Warwick Police Maj. Brad Connor reports the man responsible for gunshots fired at 150 Gordon Ave. has been taken peacefully into custody, after about an hour of speaking with a police crisis negotiator.

Police have not released the man’s name at this time.

Witnesses report seeing a man walk out of the home at about 10:30 p.m. this evening after a few hours in his home following what Connor said was a  domestic dispute inside the house, followed by a number of shots fired by the man.

A group of people left the house during the dispute, Connor said, and heard shots fired inside after they left, then reported it to police. Connor said the man exited the house when they arrived and fired one more shot, but it’s not clear whether he was firing at them or into the air.

The man returned inside, and a police SWAT team, the Warwick Police Mobile Command truck, an ambulance and a number of officers assembled around the house. Officers blocked off streets leading to the home.

Members of the WPD Crisis Negotiation Team were able to reach the man by cell phone, and after about an hour, he peacefully turned himself over to the police, Connor said. Police recovered two firearms from the home, and the man was transported by ambulance to the Kent County Memorial Hospital for an evaluation.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident, and the man faces potential weapons and domestic charges, depending on the outcome of their findings, he said.

10:45 p.m. Update: At 10:30 p.m., witnesses said they saw a man exit the home with his hands up.

WARWICK, RI — Warwick Police were called to a Gordon Avenue home this evening at about 8:16 p.m. for reports of shots fired, and have blocked the street off near its intersection with Sea View Drive, with reports of a K-9 unit and a police negotiator called to the scene.

 tweeted a report that shots had been fired and that emergency services had responded to find a male barricaded inside dwelling. Police have surrounded the house, the emergency RIBNS reports.

On Facebook, a number of neighborhood residents reported they had been advised to leave their homes as police moved into the area. Nearby, off Hawksley Avenue, spotlights were visilbe lighting up the home. About half a dozen Oakland Beach residents gathered to observe the scene.

Justin Sweet, who lives nearby on Seaview Drive, said he and his friends had seen a SWAT team and the WPD mobile command center nearby. Sweet said the Gordon Avenue home was conspicuous with the spotlights focused on it.

“You could see it coming up the other street,” Sweet said.

At 10:30 p.m., Sweet and witnesses said they saw a man exit the home with his hands up.

Warwick Police could not be immediately reached for details.

Rob Borkowski
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Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of Contact him at [email protected] with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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