Man with Rhode Island ties assaults deputy, shot by Florida police

This is a booking photo from two years ago of Joseph Francis following an alleged road rage incident.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A Rhode Island man was shot by Florida police after deputies responded to a crime in progress.

The Broward County Sherriff’s Office says Joseph Francis brandished a weapon when approached, forcing officers to shoot.

Francis was struck once and police quickly secured the scene in Pomelo Beach.

Francis was later taken to a nearby hospital and remains in critical condition.

A good friend of Francis was interviewed by WPLG-10 who stated, “I saw Joe yesterday, Joe is an amazing boat mechanic, he has a great job, he makes good money.”

The friend said she could not think of a reason for Francis to have been involved in any crime.

Francis was previously charged after an East Greenwich road rage incident where he reportedly brandished a handgun and baton to another driver.

That incident left him charged with the following:

  • Felony Assault With a Deadly Weapon (2 Counts)
  • Using a Firearm when Committing a Crime of Violence (2 Counts)
  • License or Permit Required for carrying a Pistol
  • Carrying of Weapon while Under the Influence of Liquor and/or Drugs
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule I-V (Cocaine)
  • Driving Under the Influence of Liquor and/or Drugs – 1st Offense – B.A.C. Unknown
  • Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test
  • Weapons other than Firearms Prohibited
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Possession of Marijuana.





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