Lincoln man charged with stabbing Cumberland police officer

Blackstone Valley

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (WPRI) — A Lincoln man is facing assault charges following a violent incident over the weekend that sent him and a Cumberland police officer to the hospital.

Brennan Matthew Cronin, 24, is accused of stabbing officer Michael Petrarca, 24, near Cumberland High School around 7 p.m. Saturday.

According to Cumberland police, Petrarca was patrolling the area when he saw a man going through trash cans. After approaching and speaking to the man, Petrarca radioed dispatch to run a warrant check on Cronin, which revealed he was not wanted.

Another Cumberland officer investigating a report of a man acting strangely at a nearby business then radioed Petrarca and asked what Cronin was wearing. As the description was relayed, Cronin tried to run off, police said.

Cronin fell, allowing Petrarca to catch up, and it was then he stabbed the officer in the thigh with a large knife, according to police.

With the knife in hand, Cronin started to run toward a residential area, police said, so Petrarca shot him in the thigh, causing him to fall to the ground.

Petrarca made his way back to his cruiser and placed a tourniquet on his leg before other officers arrived.

Both men were taken to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment.

Cronin was arraigned from his hospital bed on charges of felony assault, assault on a police officer, and possession of a knife over 3 inches.

Cumberland Police Chief John Desmarais told Eyewitness News on Sunday that Petrarca was expected to be released from the hospital that evening.

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