Providence Police: One dead following early morning standoff
"He did not want to engage with police at all," Commander Verdi told ABC6. "They [police] learned very quickly that he is alone in the house and he has access to firearms. Some of the firearms are high powered semi assault weapons."
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Providence Police have provided details surrounding the death of the person who was a part of an hour’s long standoff with police on February 10.
Providence police confirming with ABC6 News that 60-year-old Scott Maclean committed suicide with a self-inflicted gunshot wound sustained during the standoff.
Police responded to Denison Street shortly after 2 a.m. for a report of a man who assaulted his adult children. Police say a 12-year-old, the suspect’s granddaughter, was also in the home at the time of the assault.
Officers evacuated everyone from the home, that’s when Scott MacLean, barricaded himself in.
Commander Thomas Verdi said negotiators tried to convince MacLean to come out of the house safely.
“He did not want to engage with police at all,” Commander Verdi told ABC6. “They [police] learned very quickly that he is alone in the house and he has access to firearms. Some of the firearms are high powered semi assault weapons.”
Providence Police, Rhode Island State Police and SWAT units surrounded the home, and said they tried negotiating and speaking with MacLean for hours. MacLean then ‘repeatedly and continuously’ opened fire on Providence officers. Moments later, a bedroom in the home caught fire.
Police returned that gunfire.
Neighbors tell ABC6 they woke up to the sound of gunshots, and were ordered by police to stay inside.
“They just told me there was a standoff, there were gunshots, get back inside,” one neighbor said. “You can’t leave your building, you can’t leave.”
No officers were injured in the shootout.
“Kudos to the law enforcement officers that train just for this, but in my nearly 40 years I’ve never seen something like this,” said Commissioner Pare.
“It’s a minor miracle that no one on our police side, or firefighter side was hit today. There was a lot of rounds exchanged,” said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza.
Pare said MacLean had at least 15 guns inside of the home. “This isn’t typical. And the number of weapons we believe are in that house and the firepower both with rifles and handguns…I don’t know why it’s there, but it was used against police officers today and that’s what they’re up against,” said Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare.
Homes nearby were evacuated, and others were told to shelter in place.
“We didn’t know what he was going to do… we always hope to engage and have him or her surrender… that wasn’t happening,” officials told ABC6 Crews.
ABC6 will update this story as more information becomes available.