BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rehoboth man who was shot by police after allegedly chasing two college students in Bristol remains in custody at the hospital.
Mark Rinn, 39, was arraigned Monday on four counts of felony assault. He pleaded not guilty and was granted $60,000 surety bail, with an order to have no contact with his alleged victims.
On Oct. 12, police said two female Roger Williams University students were at Colt State Park when they were approached by Rinn, who was naked and made hand gestures that made them uncomfortable.
The students decided to leave, but Rinn followed them all the way to the police station. They pulled up beside a parked SUV and asked for help from the woman inside, who was the wife of a retired officer.
After the woman called the station, her husband and the desk sergeant on duty, Sgt. Paul Medeiros, came outside and encountered the students and the suspect, who they said was completely naked inside his vehicle.
Rinn can be seen on video reversing toward the retired officer, then driving at Sgt. Medeiros before ramming the students’ vehicle twice. That’s when the sergeant fired two shots into Rinn’s vehicle, according to police.
The two students were treated for minor injuries at the scene, police said, but Sgt. Medeiros was not hurt.
Police and responding EMS rendered aid to Rinn, who was then taken to Rhode Island Hospital.
The department on Tuesday released surveillance video of the incident outside the station.
Bristol officers are equipped with body cameras, but since the desk sergeant was on administrative duty at the time, police said he did not have his on.
The Rhode Island State Police and R.I. Attorney General’s Office are involved in the investigation.