Man arrested after police standoff

Michael Neugent

HOPKINTON, R.I. (WPRI)- A 42-year-old man will be arraigned on various charges Sunday morning following an hours-long standoff with police.

Michael Neugent was taken into custody by police Saturday night at a Side Hill Road home.

Police responded to the home Saturday afternoon after reports of a domestic disturbance. When officials arrived on scene, a woman told them Neugent held her down and choked her with both hands. Neugent refused to exit the home and told officers he would open fire if anyone tried to enter. Neighboring homes were evacuated as officers attempted to talk him out of the home.

A State Police negotiator communicated with Neugent through text messages. Concerned that Neugent might harm himself, the Rhode Island State Police SWAT team entered the home a few minutes before midnight.

During his arrest. Neugent swung a construction level at a SWAT member. The blow cracked the officer’s ballistic shield, but he was unhurt; Neugent suffered some minor injuries and was taken to Westerly Hospital to be evaluated.

Neugent will be arraigned Sunday morning on several charges, including domestic assault, domestic disorderly conduct, and threat to a public official. He will also be charged with assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest.

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