‘They made all the right decisions’: Suspect in standoff with police held on bail

"I'll tell you what's going through their mind. At that point, it was their safety and everyone else's. He [Deajardins] was armed and inside of the establishment," Verdi explained. 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- The man who barricaded himself inside of a building on Atwells Avenue on Thursday afternoon was seen in court on Friday.

Timothy Desjardins was charged with five felonies which included assault with a dangerous weapon and carrying a firearm without a license. He is being held at the ACI on a $200,000 bail.

The hourslong standoff kicked off just before 3 p.m.

One of Providence’s top cops, Commander Thomas Verdi, told ABC6 the two officers who first saw Desjardins before the standoff were on their way back to the police station after finishing their shifts. The officers saw Desjardins become uncomfortable, turn around, and run into his place of business, “We the People Barbershop.”

“Inside [the business] he draws a firearm. He pulls the firearm, a handgun, from his waistband. And we’re fortunate he fumbled it,” Commander Verdi told ABC6 on Friday.

Police quickly ran and secured the area, focusing on keeping Desjardins in the building and getting a crowded Atwells Avenue under control.

“I’ll tell you what’s going through their mind. At that point, it was their safety and everyone else’s. He [Desjardins] was armed and inside of the establishment,” Verdi explained.

“They secure the business and call for the troops.”

Verdi says the two officers are two of the most talented officers on the force, and they couldn’t have done a better tactical job. The Commander noted the officers’ instincts and judgement Thursday were spot on.

“It’s unfortunate that situation happened, but it did happen. And we are a city. We’re a major city we’re the capital city. We are a mini New York.”

The dramatic standoff ended with Desjardins with him walking out of the barbershop with his hands up, surrendering to police.

Police said that 35-year-old Timothy Desjardins was out on bail following a road rage incident last month, where he shot and grazed another man in the temple area.

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