Providence man sentenced to 40 years in prison for shooting police officer

This is a photo of 22-year-old Tyrone Robinson at 19-years-old in court for shooting a police officer. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A Providence man was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years in prison for shooting a police officer in 2019.

Tyrone Robinson, 22, entered a plea of nolo contendere to the following charges:

  • Assault with intent to commit murder
  • Discharge of a firearm while committing a crime of violence
  • Intent to commit murder
  • Carrying a pistol without a license

Attorney General Peter Narola said at around 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 9, officers Matthew McGloin and Jonathan Smith drove to a laundromat parking lot on Admiral Street.

There, they saw Robinson sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked car.

As the officers got out of their car, Robinson simultaneously left his sedan and began shooting at the officers.

McGloin was struck in his torso and the bullet became lodged in his body armor vest, Parola said.

Smith shot back at Robinson.

Robinson proceeded to run from the scene towards Douglas Avenue after firing six shots.

Both officers ran after him until he ran into his home on Douglas Avenue.

About 15 minutes later, Robinson left his home and surrendered to police.

Investigators found a Sig Sauer .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun that Robinson had discarded as he ran from the police.

A search warrant was executed at Robinson’s home, where investigators found a Mossberg .22LR semi-automatic rifle and dozens of rounds of calibers of ammunition.

Robinson was sentenced Wednesday to 60 years in state prison with 40 to serve at the ACI and a 20-year suspended sentence with no option of parole, and 60 years of probation.

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