NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) – Local law enforcement are grieving with the rest of the nation for their deceased colleagues in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Dallas, Texas.
Officials say they’re becoming more aware of the possibility of homegrown attacks against law enforcement happening at any time, and in any place.
“We are cognizant of the possibility that it could happen anywhere,” says South Kingstown Police Chief Vin Vespia.
The same local officials say they’re also confident the assaults in the news recently are isolated incidents.
“We’re talking about some mentally deranged people who create and perform unspeakable acts, murder, mayhem and whatever the case may be,” says Chief Vespia. “That is not the culture of America, nor it ever will be.”
Chief Vespia added there is no credible threat to law enforcement locally, but his department will stay vigilant nonetheless.
Eyewitness News Analyst Retired Lieutenant General Reginald Centracchio says he’s concerned about the nature of these premeditated murders.
“What I’m listening to and what I’m hearing is that this seems to have a been a luring to, a trap, so to speak, to get officers to respond,” says Ret. Lt. Gen. Centracchio of Sunday’s shootings in Baton Rouge which killed three officers, and wounded three more.
Ret. Lt. Gen. Centracchio tells Eyewitness News he is concerned others will try to imitate the suspects of these police-involved shootings.
“Once this is looked upon by others, this becomes a mimicking thing and you get copy cats who attempt to do the same thing,” says Ret. Lt. Gen. Centracchio. “It’s a scary proposition and I hope that this is just one of a kind.”