Man who shot at police sgt. pleads guilty

The scene on Broad Street on July 27, 2013. Police shot suspect Duvall Carty after they say he fired his weapon at a sergeant.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Pawtucket man who fired a gun at a Providence police sergeant will be heading to prison.

According to the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, Duvall Carty, 26, pleaded guilty at Superior Court Thursday to charges of felony assault; carrying a pistol without a license; and discharge of a firearm while in the commission of a crime of violence.

Following the plea, Justice Robert D. Krause sentenced Carty to 27 years with 17 to serve, with the remainder suspended with probation.

The charges stem from an incident on July 17, 2013.

Prosecutors said police saw Carty carrying a firearm near a nightclub at closing time. When police approached, Carty ran to a nearby parking lot where prosecutors said he turned around and fired his gun at Sgt. Curt Desautels. Desautels then returned fire, wounding Carty.

A Providence County Grand Jury on Sept. 18, 2013 found the police sergeant’s actions legally justified.

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