Man to serve 30 years in prison for shooting AR-15-style ghost gun at Providence police officer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday a Providence man was sentenced to serve 30 years in prison for shooting an AR-15-style ghost gun at a police officer nearly three years ago.

Attorney General Peter Neronha said Luis Roman was sentenced to 70 years, with 30 years to serve at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston, and a 40-year non-parolable suspended sentence.

On Aug. 11, 2021, police said Roman assaulted a woman on Canton Street, pushing, hitting, and choking her.

The woman tried calling 911 but the 32-year-old grabbed his AR-15-style ghost gun and hit her with it several times.

During the assault, Neronha said, the suspect “inadvertently and accidentally” dialed 911.

He then went outside of the home and waited for police to respond. When they arrived, he fired about 13 times at an police officer, hitting his cruiser twice.

Roman fled and lead police on a manhunt in the Elmhurst neighborhood. He was arrested a few hours later on Sears Avenue.

Roman faced 16 charges, including assault with intent to murder.

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