Providence

Man Dead After Firing ‘Hundreds' of Rounds at Police in Providence

Police went to the 61-year-old man’s home at about 2:30 a.m. after getting a call from his son and daughter saying he had assaulted them

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One man is dead after an hours-long standoff in Providence, Rhode Island, early Thursday morning during which he fired “hundreds” of rounds at police, prompting officers to return fire, authorities said.

Police went to the 61-year-old man’s home at about 2:30 a.m. after getting a call from his son and daughter saying he had assaulted them. They told police that there were about 15 guns in the home.

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Everyone got out safely, and the man barricaded himself inside, police said.

Police surrounded the home and brought in negotiators, but at about 6 a.m. the man opened fire.

“There was hundreds of rounds that were fired by him, and we had to return fire,” Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare said during a news conference at the scene.

Mayor Jorge Elorza called it a “really chaotic scene.”

No police officers or civilians were hurt.

The man also set a fire in a second-floor rear bedroom that firefighters had to extinguish.

The man had no criminal record but had a history of mental health issues, Pare said.

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