Providence police officer OK after bullet strikes vest; suspect in custody


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence police officer is being treated at the hospital after he was struck by a bullet in his protective vest Friday afternoon.

According to Col. Hugh Clements, a suspect “well-known to Providence police” fired several shots at officers at a strip mall around 3:20 p.m. Officers returned fire but the suspect was not hit and he fled on foot.

The suspect, identified as Tyrone Robinson, 19, is now in custody and police say they’ve recovered the firearm.

Following the shooting, Robinson ran into a home on Douglas Avenue which was soon surrounded by SWAT team members with their guns drawn.

A portion of the roadway remains shut down as police investigate the incident.

The names of the officers involved are not yet being released.

“I will say a “highly decorated” Providence police officer,” Clements said of the officer who was struck. “He’s been in many dangerous situations, well-trained, and thank God he’s OK.”

Clements said Robinson has firearm and drug charges on his record and at the time of his arrest, he was out on bail for a gun charge from May.

Several city officials responded to the scene including Mayor Jorge Elorza and Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré. Providence Animal Control was also called in to deal with several dogs inside the Douglas Avenue home.

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