WARWICK, R.I (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Friday, Warwick Police issued a statement that a man had attacked a group of officers in the main lobby of the Warwick Police Headquarters at around 4:20 p.m. that same day.
According to police, a group of patrol officers were entering the main lobby of the building from the community room after a briefing when a 29-year-old man allegedly confronted them with a knife. Warwick Police said the man lunged at the officers, striking one officer in the torso with the knife. But because the assaulted officer was wearing a bulletproof vest, the knife did not penetrate, police said the officer was not injured.
Police said that four officers, including the officer that was stabbed, discharged their firearms at the suspect, striking him and ending the attack. According to police, the officers immediately administered medical aid and called Warwick Rescue, who transported the suspect to R.I Hospital where he remained in stable condition.
In accordance with the department's Use of Force policy, all officers involved were placed on a non-punitive administrative leave pending the completion of official review. Due to the incident, officials said the front lobby of the Warwick Police Department will be closed to the public until further notice, and that police inquiries can be directed to the department's phone number 401-468-4200.
Officials said the incident will be investigated by members of the Attorney General's Office, Rhode Island State Police, and the Warwick Police Department.