Coventry man charged in 34-hour standoff released on bail

Coventry standoff suspect Larry LaChance appears in court for arraignment.
Coventry standoff suspect Larry LaChance appears in court for arraignment.

COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — The suspect involved in a 34-hour stand off with police and SWAT was arraigned Monday.

Larry LaChance, 60, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon in a dwelling house, firing in a compact area, domestic refuse/relinquish telephone and domestic disorderly contact.

Coventry police said this is the weapon Larry LaChance used during a 34-hour standoff with authorities.

LaChance was also ordered to have no contact with the victim of the domestic violence incidents and must undergo a mental health evaluation as well as substance abuse counseling. He was released by the judge after posting a bail of $7,000 with surety.

Coventry police have released a photograph of the weapon and ammunition LaChance is alleged to have used during the standoff. Authorities identified the weapon as a Kel-Tec KSG 12-gauge shotgun loaded with 00 Buckshot rounds.

Authorities say LaChance started to threaten his daughter with a gun on Wednesday.

When authorities arrived to the house last week, they were cautious because LaChance has a history of setting up ‘booby traps.’ In the past, he was been known to be “setting out propane cylinders…that he would shoot at to explode if police arrived at the his house,” said authorities in court.

Thursday night, Coventry police said LaChance voluntarily exited his home after refusing to evacuate since Wednesday morning around 9 a.m. No one was hurt.

Police said they engaged in a similar 18-20 hour standoff with Mr. LaChance in 2014.