911 Call: "People Will Die Tonight"—New Details Emerge in Standoff Incident

The Hopkinton Police Officer charged with a felony count of carrying a weapon while intoxicated was alone in his Cranston house, but 911 dispatchers thought a hostage situation was unfolding.

Cranston Police have released additional details about the standoff in Garden City last week that involved a Hopkinton police officer who is now facing felony charges of carrying a weapon while intoxicated.

At around 4 p.m. on July 5, as officers raced to Buttonwoods Drive on a report of a disturbance, dispatchers told them it could be a hostage situation. There was a troubling voice on the other end of a 911 call and the caller had since hung up. A call back returned a voicemail.

According to a police report obtained by Cranston Patch after a Freedom of Information Act Request, dispatchers told police they "could hear a person talking about hostages and that people will die tonight."

Police arrived to the neighborhood not sure of the exact location of the 911 call. They cleared two houses before GPS pinpointed the call to 149 Plantation Drive — Patton's house. Parked out front was a 2003 Jeep Liberty, inside of which police later found an empty bottle of vodka.

Officers saw Patton step outside the house through a side door. He was carrying a black handgun, according to the report. He did not have a badge or anything to identify that he was a police officer.

Patton was wearing an off-duty holster on his right hip and police watched him point the gun to the sky with both hands up.

Officers jumped the back wood fence of nearby house and ordered Patton to drop his weapon. He did, and was taken into custody peacefully and transported to police headquarters.

The handgun Patton was carrying was unloaded.

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While in custody, police reported that Patton told officers that there were other people in the house along with assault rifles. Police said there was nobody else inside the house, but they did find a Glock 23 and a magazine with 12 out of the 13 rounds loaded in a dresser in his bedroom. There was no report of any other weapons in the house. The gun and ammunition were taken by police and put into safekeeping at Cranston Police Headquarters.

Police also found a mostly-empty bottle of tequila on the counter. Police said Patton had consumed three beers and all but about a quarter of the bottle of tequila. 

According to the police report, a woman told police that Patton has been going through a difficult time and exhibited troubling behavior earlier in the day when he met with his estranged wife at the house. Patton reportedly rearranged the furniture and set mouse traps at each doorway "as if setting up bombs," police said.

Responding officers were told by dispatchers that Patton, along with serving as a police officer, is a former Marine and former member of the National Guard and did serve overseas.

Police reported that the Chief of Hopkinton Police was advised of the situation and responded to .

and misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and filing a false police report.

Hopkinton Police have declined commenting on the matter, citing confidentiality reasons and the Police Officer's Bill of Rights.

Patton, a 12-year-veteran of the Hopkinton Police Department, was arraigned at the hospital before a justice of the peace on July 10 and was released on $10,000 personal recognizance, according to court records. He did not enter a plea, which is customary for felony arraignments.

He will return to court on Sept. 11 for a prearraignment disposal conference.


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