‘We are very fortunate this Providence Police officer is alive’: Domestic violence calls prove to be most dangerous for responding police

U.S. Department of Justice research shows 40% of officer deaths are connected to domestic violence calls

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Police officers respond to countless of calls a day, but research shows calls for domestic violence are the most deadly.

A domestic violence call on Canton Street in Providence lead to a suspect shooting at the responding officer Wednesday morning.

Police say multiple bullets struck his police cruiser, missing the officer by mere inches.

“Six inches higher, three inches to the left, it goes right through the driver’s windshield and he takes it probably right to the chest,” Commander Thomas Verdi explained.

“That’s how fortunate we are today that we didn’t have a police officer killed in the line of duty.”

The officer involved is a 7-year veteran, who “followed his training to a T.”

Police say this training is most likely what saved his life.

“Domestic violence calls are very, very dangerous,” Colonel Hugh Clements told members of the media.

According to a report by the U.S. Department of Justice, 40% of calls ending in an officer death from 2010 to 2016 were calls for domestic violence.

Researchers also found that more officers were shot while outside and from a distance, similar to the Canton Street incident.

“He pulls onto Canton Street and there is a suspect standing outside with a rifle. He levels up the rifle, and fires multiple rounds,” Verdi explained.

In 35% of domestic abuse calls, there was only one officer who responded to the scene. Research shows that in 45% of the cases that result in an officer shot on duty, the officer had been warned the suspect may be armed or has made previous threats.

Providence’s Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare said he’s thankful this incident didn’t end up in tradgedy.

“We are thankful it turned out the way it did. But here is a young man in our community, that levels a rifle, looking to kill a police officer.”

Luis Ramon, 31, was arrested Wednesday morning at a home on Sears Avenue. He is expected to be seen in court Thursday.

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