ATTLEBORO – Two Attleboro police who exchanged a Rhode Island man on Monday gave life-saving first aid to the suspect after they wounded him, the city mayor said Monday.
"Having saved this suspect saved his life," Mayor Paul Heroux said in a telephone interview. "They have done their jobs exactly as you want them, they have remained cool, quietly professional, they could not have handled it better."
According to Heroux, the Rhode Island man had an "interaction" with a church in Newport Avenue and then joined the officers, one of whom joined the force last August. The mayor said details of the confrontation would be delivered by the law enforcement agencies.
He said that the confrontation between the man and the police was not motivated by a political agenda, but was an isolated incident. He said the man had not previously interacted with the Attleboro police, and the investigators are trying to find out what triggered the gunfire.
He said the man opened fire on the officers who were unhurt. The officers returned the fire and beat the suspect. When he lay bleeding, the officers rushed to his side and used a blood lock.
"Several shots were fired at the police, but none of the policemen were injured," he said, adding that they were examined in a hospital and released. "They were a bit shaken, and being shot at somebody will do that to anyone."
He added, "The suspect was disabled, not killed … They saved his life after shooting at them."
Police Chief Kyle P. Heagney said: Suspect is a white man in his early 40s from Coventry, Rhode Island. He was shot several times and is currently undergoing surgery. Because of his condition, he is not expected to be charged today.
The name of the suspect has not been published.
The boss said both police officers are newcomers to the police. An officer suffered a slight injury by diving from a cruiser. Both officers have since been released and they are at home with their families.
"Your instincts and training took over," he said. "I'm very proud of her."
This is an evolving story and is updated.