Suspect in custody following multi-hour standoff in Warwick

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – A suspect is in custody after an hours-long standoff at a home on Warwick’s Gordon Avenue Saturday night.

Warwick Police Major Brad Connor said police received a call around 7:45 p.m. for a domestic incident. Neighbors told Eyewitness News they heard four or five gunshots come from the area of the home prior to officers arriving. Police said the suspect fired another shot once police were on scene and then went back into the home; the suspect’s wife and daughter were evacuated.

“The suspect barricaded himself inside of the home by himself,” said Connor, who said negotiators made contact with the suspect by cell phone. After about 90 minutes, the suspect surrendered peacfeully. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation, but no one else was hurt.

The suspect, who is not being identified by police at this time, will face domestic and firearms charges, according to Connor.

Gordon Avenue was closed to traffic and packed with police and SWAT vehicles until the suspect walked out of his front door and was handcuffed by officers around 10:30 p.m.

“The immediate neighbors were evacuated for their safety however, at no point was anyone else in any harm’s way,” said Connor.

Eyewitness News stayed clear of the police activity in order not to compromise the authorities’ investigation.