Detective stabbed in the hand while investigating in Cranston

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Cranston police have a suspect in custody accused of stabbing a Providence police detective in the hand.

Police responded to Riverbend Apartments on Dyer Avenue at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to investigate a stabbing that occurred on Parade Street in Providence the night before.

Detectives were speaking with a suspect when he suddenly pulled a 10-inch kitchen knife from the cushion of the couch he was sitting on, according to police. The officers gave the man verbal commands, but a physical struggle ensued and Det. Casey Moffett was stabbed in the hand.

Cranston stabbing suspect Richard Morrissey
Cranston stabbing suspect Richard Morrissey

“It’s miraculous, if you think about a struggle that’s going on with a weapon of that size and only lacerations to one of their hands is quite impressive,” said Cranston Police Chief Col. Michael Winquist.

The suspect – identified as Richard Morrissey of Coventry – was arrested and charged with two counts of felony assault.

“He’s been in and out of prison. Several prior arrests, including robbery arrests and assaults,” Winquist added.

Police said Morrissey, 48, doesn’t live at the apartment where the incident occurred. He will be held overnight and arraigned Thursday morning.

Det. Moffett is now being treated for the hand injury, which police said may require stitches.


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