Providence officer stabbed in the hand during arrest

Richard Morrissey

By Jennifer Petracca

A Coventry man was arrested after stabbing a Providence Police Officer in the hand Wednesday morning.

Cranston Police say the Providence Detectives were conducting a follow-up investigation for a stabbing that occurred Tuesday when they were attacked by the suspect, identified as 48-year-old Richard Morrissey.

Detectives were attempting to take Morrissey into custody at the Riverband Apartment Complex on Dyer Avenue around 11:30 a.m. when the suspect retrieved a large kitchen knife from under the couch cushion where he was seated.

A physical confrontation ensued after Morrissey refused to drop the knife, resulting in a laceration on a detective’s hand.

Morrissey was arrested by Cranston Police and charged with two counts of felony assault. He was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for minor injuries sustained during the struggle. He will then will be held at Cranston Police Headquarters until his arraignment in 3rd District Court on Thursday.

The Providence detective that was injured was treated on scene by the Cranston Fire Department.

Cranston Colonel Michael Winquist released a statement, saying, “Incidents such as the one that occurred today, represents the dangers police officers face every day performing their duties.  I commend the Providence Police Detectives who used their instincts and training to quickly disarm a convicted felon believed to be responsible for a violent attack the previous evening."

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