Providence police officer suspended pending illegal gun probe

PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) – A veteran Providence police officer has been suspended in connection with a criminal investigation involving a gun with obliterated serial numbers, Target 12 has learned.

Providence Public Safety Commission Steven Pare said the department’s criminal investigation is focusing on whether or not the officer, who will be paid by the city while he’s suspended, was responsible for the weapon.

Pare indicated the gun was found about a week ago in a parking lot near Allens Avenue and Point Street. It was turned in to police by “a citizen,” according to the commissioner.

“We’re investigating the circumstances about a gun with obliterated serial numbers,” Pare said.  “That’s part of the investigation. Was [the officer] responsible for the gun?”

Pare pointed out that it’s a felony to possess a gun with obliterated serial numbers.

Target 12 reached out to the suspended officer, but so far he has not responded.

Send tips to Target 12 Investigator Walt Buteau at wbuteau@wpri.com and follow him on Twitter @wbuteau

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