Off-duty officer charged for shooting man outside of West Greenwich pizza shop is freed on bail
WEST GREENWICH, R.I (WLNE) – A Pawtucket police officer charged for shooting a man outside of a pizza shop in West Greenwich while off-duty has been released on bail.
Officer Daniel Dolan, 38, was arraigned Friday morning in Kent County Superior Court and was freed on $25,000 personal recognizance. A judge ordered him to have no contact with the three people involved in the incident and has also ordered him to surrender all firearms.
Dolan was charged with three counts of assault and one count of discharging a firearm in a crime of violence after police say he shot Dominic Vincent outside of Wicked Good Pizza in West Greenwich last month.
Dolan claims he saw a black Audi, driven by Vincent, speeding down I-95 South and thought the vehicle had been in pursuit.
The officer, who was off-duty at the time, wearing plain clothes and driving a pickup truck, followed the Audi off of an exit and into the pizza shop parking lot.
Surveillance video shows Dolan pulling up to the car, getting out, holding up what looks to be a police badge, and then he takes out his department-issued firearm and points it at the car.
In the moments off-camera, it’s alleged he shoots Vincent who suffered a gunshot wound to the arm. Dolan claims he fired the shot because he thought Vincent was about to run him over.
“Officer Dolan has spent the better part of the last 17 years serving and protecting as a United States Marine and as a police officer for the city of Pawtucket. And that’s exactly what he was doing that evening,” said Dolan’s attorney Michael J. Colucci.
Jim Howe, the Attorney for the 18-year-old victim, called it a “deadly and unwarranted attack”.
“We want to know why this happened we’re looking for all the facts around it,” Howe said. “And if it happened in West Greenwich and you have a Pawtucket police officer, why weren’t other police called? Local police called to effectuate an arrest?”
Leaving court Friday, Howe said he is confident that the Attorney General’s Office will see that the “sad affair” is brought to justice.
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