A man who shot an officer of Providence in court
PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) – A man from Providence who was on the run for hours after police said he shot an officer with a rifle is scheduled to appear before a judge on Thursday.
Luis Roman, 31, will be brought to justice on several counts, his lawyer said.
Police said an officer responded around 4:15 a.m. Wednesday to a domestic violence call on Canton Street when Roman opened fire.
The cruiser was repeatedly struck as the officer backed it up and withdrew, police said, but the officer was not injured.
“We are very fortunate that the Providence police officer is alive,” said Commander Thomas Verdi. “It was a high powered rifle.”
“Six inches higher, three inches to the left, it goes through the driver’s windshield and it probably takes it straight in the chest,” Verdi added. “This is how lucky and fortunate we are today not to have had a police officer killed in the line of duty. “
Roman then returned to a multi-family house where he lives on the second floor, according to police.
Believing him barricaded inside, the officer called for reinforcements and police stormed the area, but they later learned that he had already slipped through a backdoor, which led to a hunt. the man.
Roman eventually surrendered to members of the Special Response Unit on Sears Avenue, police said.
Officers seized a gun at the house and police noted that Roman had previously been convicted of firearms.