Man with knife shot by officers inside Warwick Police Headquarters

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE)- Warwick Police Headquarters was the site of a officer-involved shooting shooting Friday afternoon.

According to Warwick Police Colonel Bradford Connor, around 4:20 p.m. a group of patrol officers walking into the lobby of Headquarters were confronted by a 29-year-old man wielding a knife.

The man lunged at the officers, stabbing one in the torso. Police say luckily, the officers bulletproof vest prevented the blow, and they were not injured.

Four officers, including the one who had been stabbed, shot their firearms, hitting the man and stopping the attack. Warwick Police say officers immediately provided medical aid and called Warwick Rescue who transported the man to Rhode Island Hospital.

Police say the man is in stable condition.

Hours after the shooting, Warwick Headquarters was surrounded by crime scene tape. The lobby was closed to the public Friday, but has since reopened as of Saturday afternoon.

A spokesperson for the Attorney Generals Office confirmed to ABC6 News that the Office is aware of the incident, and working in conjunction with both Warwick and Rhode Island State Police on the investigation.

In accordance with the Use of Force Policy, each of the officers involved have been placed on a anon-punitive leave while administration reviews the incident.


Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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