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DUI Suspect Shot by Police was Wanted Fugitive

Suspect who pointed a gun at two Cranston police officers on Sunday was a fugitive from Virginia wanted by police on drug charges.

Police identified the man shot after pointing a gun at two Cranston police officers working a DUI detail on Saturday as Shawn Sykes, 26, of Virginia.

Sykes, who is being held at the Adult Correctional Institutions, reportedly was wanted on narcotics charges out of Providence.

Providence Police charged Sykes with felony assault, cocaine possession, possession of a gun without a license and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence.

Cranston Police have not indicated what charges Sykes will face out of Cranston, but those charges will be forthcoming soon.

Cranston Police Major Robert W. Ryan said officers tried to stop the suspect at around 2:27 a.m. during a special DUI detail on Plainfield Street. The man refused to stop and "traveled a short distance into the city of Providence."

The man then got out of his car and pointed a gun at the two Cranston officers. One officer discharged his firearm, injuring the suspect.

The man was released to the custody of the Providence Police Department at the hospital.

The incident is currently being investigated by Cranston and Providence police as well as the state police and Attorney General's office.


Becca May 27, 2014 at 02:35 PM
Good to know another criminal off the street!

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