Suspect who charged at Warwick officers with a knife identified
WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE)- The Warwick Police Department has identified the man who charged at four police officers with a knife on Friday.
Police said that 29-year-old Jacob Thomas had charged the officers inside of the police headquarters lobby at around 4:20 p.m.
The officers shot and hit him multiple times after he ignored their repeated commands to drop his knife.
They eventually got Thomas to drop the knife after hitting him with a taser.
Thomas was transported to Rhode Island Hospital after the incident, and will be charged with felony assault when he is out of care.
All officers involved in the incident have been placed on non-punitive administrative leave, as the Attorney General’s Office, Rhode Island State Police, and Warwick Police Department continue to investigate.