BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) — A tense morning in Bristol on Wednesday ended with two people in police custody in connection with a shooting investigation.
Ari Brisbon, 32, and a woman who has not been identified surrendered around 6 a.m. after a standoff at their High Street apartment, according to Bristol police.
Officials said it could’ve ended differently if it weren’t for a witness who saw the pair involved in a domestic incident in their car around 1:30 a.m. and followed them. When the couple got home, police said Brisbon retrieved a newly purchased gun and fired multiple shots at the witness.
The witness’s vehicle was hit three times and one of the bullets grazed that person’s clothing, but they were not hurt.
Rhode Island State Police were called in to help get the suspects out of the apartment. They were heard calling over their loudspeaker: “open the door with your hands in the air. Follow the instructions of the troopers, right now.”
After Brisbon and the woman surrendered, police gave credit to the witness.
“I certainly would always hope that people would get involved, and certainly in this incident there was a domestic incident and the gentleman did notify the police and we were able to intervene and bring this situation to a positive close,” Bristol Police Chief Kevin Lynch said.
Brisbon was arraigned Wednesday on charges of felony assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to commit a felony, discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence, firing in a compact area, and carrying a pistol without a license.
The judge set Brisbon’s bail at $75,000 with surety, told him to surrender all weapons to police, and issued a no-contact order between him and the witness. He’s due back in court on March 16.
Colt Andrews, Guiteras, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel elementary schools started the day with a two-hour delay due to the police activity.