The legal professional for a West Greenwich gentleman shot by an off-duty Pawtucket law enforcement officer Wednesday says he doesn’t know why the police officer confronted his shopper.
“We at this stage have no perception,” lawyer James P. Howe reported.
The “narrative” of it getting element of a “road rage” incident concerning the two drivers “is denied in its entirety,” Howe mentioned in a phone interview Friday early morning.
Howe is symbolizing the driver and two passengers in the automobile, a pair of brothers, all adolescents. The a few pals were halting to choose up a pizza on the way to watch an NBA activity at the driver’s home when the driver was shot, Howe claimed.
“It was stunning to every person,” Howe mentioned.
The driver, an 18-12 months-old West Greenwich resident, was shot in the arm and is recovering at property, where by he life with his mother and father, in accordance to Howe. He was initially dealt with at a medical center. Howe declined to offer his title.
The teenager was shot Wednesday evening right after off-obligation Pawtucket police officer Daniel Dolan adopted him into the parking ton of Wicked Superior Pizza, at 12 Nooseneck Hill Rd., West Greenwich.
In accordance to a joint information release from the lawyer normal, the West Greenwich police and state police, Dolan was traveling residence from a element assignment Wednesday night when he “encountered a black Audi sedan occupied by a driver and two passengers on Route 95.”
Dolan later attempted to detain the driver of the Audi in the parking ton of the pizza cafe, according to the news launch. It does not say why he attempted to do so.
The driver observed Dolan for the initially time when Dolan pulled up beside him in the parking good deal, got out of his truck and approached him with a gun, according to Howe.
“He sees a male get out the truck with a gun, and he backs up,” Howe claimed.
Though the news release stated Dolan had been doing work a element, a surveillance video that captured element of the incident displays he was not sporting a police uniform, and he was driving a white pickup truck, not a marked law enforcement car.
As Dolan approached, the driver backed out of the whole lot and attempted to push away, Howe explained. The surveillance video clip shows Dolan stick to the vehicle on foot, and then both equally the vehicle and Dolan vanish from the frame.
That is when the driver was shot, according to Howe. He reported Dolan came throughout the entrance of the car to the driver’s side and shot his customer. The 18-calendar year-old drove down the street for a lot less than a quarter-mile right before pulling into a retail store parking lot, in which a passenger begun tending to the driver’s wound.
The video clip confirmed Dolan return to his truck and push in the course the vehicle experienced long gone. Howe said Dolan then pulled into the parking lot where his customers experienced stopped. He said Dolan did not approach them once again or offer enable.
Dolan has been put on administrative leave by the Pawtucket police. The incident is underneath investigation by the West Greenwich police, the state law enforcement and the legal professional general’s place of work. Howe suggests he’s also conducting an investigation and searching for solutions.
“We are hoping to come across out the motive for the law enforcement officer’s actions,” Howe explained.
Howe suggests his shopper is a high-faculty graduate who plans to proceed his research. He suggests he arrives from “a strong loved ones” and “has by no means been in issues, by no means even experienced a moving violation.”
“He is just a kid,” Howe said.
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