Warwick suspect in court after armed standoff

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WARWICK, R.I. — a Warwick man faced a judge Monday after a violent domestic dispute over the weekend.

According to police, 63-year old Michael McVeigh fired several shots at his daughter and wife before barricading himself inside his home.

Warwick police are thankful an armed standoff over the weekend ended peacefully after a domestic dispute turned violent.

McVeigh appeared in Kent County Court on Monday as he faced 11 charges including two counts of domestic assault with a deadly weapon.

Authorities responded to a 911 call from Gordon Avenue in Warwick Saturday night where McVeigh was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute with his wife and daughter.

Witnesses saw McVeigh fire at least 6-7 shots at his family members before barricaded himself inside his home when police arrived.

“At that point an officer has to make a decision whether to enter a home right away or standby and wait for the special response team to come out and handle that situation in which they’re trained for,” Lt. Joseph Petrarca of the Warwick Police Department.

McVeigh did eventually surrender to police without incident about two hours later.

The judge order McVeigh to be held on $10,000 surety bail but also recommended substance abuse counseling and a mental health evaluation for the 63-year-old.

Family members and neighbors who did not want to speak on camera told ABC 6 News that McVeigh was going through a hard time recently since his youngest daughter died in February.

Police tell ABC6 that he was transported to the hospital Saturday after the altercation to have a mental health check.

McVeigh’s only prior arrest was a DUI in the 80s.

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