The suspect arrested in an incident that caused Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket to go on lockdown for nearly two hours appeared in court Friday morning facing numerous weapons charges.
Police say 55-year-old Jose Giles drove into the emergency bay and threatened to kill himself with a rifle.
It all stemmed from a fight with his wife. She told Giles she wanted a divorce. According to police, Giles told his wife he was going to Landmark hospital. Something he'd done before, so she called 9-1-1.
Police immediately responded. Emergency vehicles were re-routed to other hospitals and Cass Avenue was closed.
During a several hours standoff Woonsocket Police were able to negotiate with Giles and convince him to exit his vehicle. Police tell us he got out to go to the bathroom. When Giles exited the truck police used a flash bang to temporarily disorient Giles. Police then attempted to take Giles into custody. He had a .22 caliber rifle pointed to his head and police got to him just in time.
Police Chief Thomas Carey says, "Mr. giles did have the gun pointed to his head and very heroically Lt. Skully was able to move that firearm away from his head and as soon as that was happening that .22 caliber rifle was discharged"
Police then subdued Giles. He was then evaluated by Landmark staff and then taken to the Woonsocket Police Department.
Giles will be charged with carrying a weapon while intoxicated, possession of a firearm after being convicted of a crime of violence, carry a loaded weapon in a vehicle, and firing in a compact area. Giles was convicted of felony assault with a dangerous weapon in 1994. When he did something very similar at the Landmark Medical Center.