PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WBZ NewsRadio) — An off-duty Pawtucket Police officer, accused of shooting a teenage driver outside of a pizza parlor in West Greenwich, R.I. last month, pleaded not guilty at an arraignment Friday morning.
Patrolman Daniel Dolan Jr. was arraigned in Kent County Superior Court on four felony charges — three counts of assault and one count of discharging a firearm in a crime of violence.
Bail was set at $25,000 and Dolan was released on personal recognizance. He’s was ordered to surrender all firearms and have no contact with the teenagers involved.
The incident happened on June 23 outside of Wicked Good Pizza on Nooseneck Hill Road. The Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office said Dolan, while in a truck, followed a car, with three teenagers inside, into the parking lot.
Authorities said Dolan then approached the teenagers and displayed his badge. The driver of the car then reversed to get away from the officer. It was then that Dolan allegedly fired a shot into the driver’s side window, hitting the teen driver in the upper left arm.
“Officer Dolan has been charged with these four felonies counts because, in the view of this office and the other members of the investigative team, his actions as alleged at the place and at that time were not justified, notwithstanding his occupation as a police officer,” Attorney General Peter Neronha said during a press conference earlier this month.