SOUTH KINGSTOWN — The lawyer for a West Greenwich teen who was shot by an off-responsibility Pawtucket law enforcement officer very last week suggests the teenager and two buddies with him were victims of a “fatal and unwarranted assault.”
Lawyer James P. Howe offered the three teenagers to reporters in his Wakefield legislation office environment on Monday. Dominic Vincent, 18, his remaining arm in a sling, sat wincing at times in front of his mothers and fathers Lisa and Robert Vincent, while his mates, brothers Vincent Greco Jr., 18, and Joseph Greco, 17, sat in front of their father, Vincent Greco.
Speaking for the younger men and their parents, Howe explained the incident past Wednesday evening on Nooseneck Hill Road in West Greenwich was egregious and inexplicable — and he rejected any suggestion that there experienced been some interaction between Pawtucket law enforcement officer Daniel Dolan and the younger men before the capturing.
“We deny that in its entirety,” mentioned Howe, incorporating the younger males experienced in no way witnessed Dolan right up until, dressed in road clothing, he pulled in driving them in a pickup truck at Wicked Great Pizza, at 12 Nooseneck Hill Rd. and approached their vehicle with a little something in his hand.
Howe reported Dolan may have been holding his badge. The young guys noticed a firearm on his hip.
The three teenagers had driven a number of miles and one exit down on Route 95 in advance of exiting and stopping to pick up the pizza they experienced ordered 12 minutes before. They were on the way to Vincent’s home, where by they prepared to look at an NBA game and have a sleepover, Howe stated.
The pizza restaurant surveillance camera shows their Audi pulling into the parking lot with its blinker on and then a white pickup truck following them off the road and angling in shut to the car’s left facet.
The video shows Dolan approaching the car on foot. At that stage, the auto backs up Howe said Dolan “yelled something” to the young gentlemen but they couldn’t hear. Terrified, Dominic continued to again the car onto Nooseneck Road.
At that issue, the motor vehicle and Dolan move out of the camera’s view. But it was at that time, Howe reported, that Dolan moved all over the front of the car and fired a solitary shot into the driver’s facet window, smashing the glass and placing Dominic in the upper arm.
Dolan was dressed in coveralls and a T-shirt, and “there was no sign … he was a police officer,” reported Howe.
Dominic drove one more 100 to 150 yards down the road right before pulling more than. Dolan jumped back in his truck and followed, Howe reported.
As a single of the Greco boys was seeking to attend to Dominic’s wound, Howe explained Dolan stopped close by and screamed at him to shift away from his close friend. Dominic finally walked to a guard rail and sat there, in agony and on the verge of fainting.
In the meantime, the other Greco brother had dropped down in the backseat and identified as 911.
Howe stated it was unconscionable that at no time did Dolan attempt to offer initially help to the young gentleman he had just shot — nor attempt to arrest him for any alleged incorrect-executing. Instead, he stood a ways off as rescue and police arrived. At some stage, Howe claimed, the boys saw him “commiserating” with officers on the scene but Howe claimed he did not know if they were West Warwick or point out police officers.
“These are boys, and the trauma they have sustained is unspeakable,” mentioned Howe. And the actions of Dolan raise serious questions about his capacity as a police officer, he said.
Dolan continues to be on go away as law enforcement and the lawyer general’s office investigate the incident.
Howe is contacting on the attorney general’s business office, the state law enforcement and West Greenwich law enforcement to launch all investigatory materials in the situation.
The 3 organizations issued a joint information release final week that stated Dolan was traveling household from a element assignment Wednesday night when he “encountered a black Audi sedan occupied by a driver and two passengers on Route 95.”
The statement did not demonstrate why he hadfollowed the auto and pulled in near to it at Wicked Very good Pizza.
In a statement yesterday, Attorney Common Peter F. Neronha reported the investigation by his office, the state police and West Greenwich Police Department “continues to shift ahead.”
As in all investigations, Neronha mentioned, “it is essential that just before earning any conclusions general public, the investigation is effectively complete. The investigative workforce is producing significant development. As soon as we are in a posture to share extra information with the public, we will do so.
Neronha mentioned investigators have spoken to the a few youthful adult males.