Burrillville police officer placed on administrative leave after shooting incident


BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Attorney General’s office and the Rhode Island State Police are investigating after a shooting incident involving an officer Friday night.

Burrillville Police Col. Stephen Lynch said the incident occurred just after 11 p.m., when officers were called to Maple Leaf Drive for a domestic disturbance.

When officers arrived on scene, they were told by family members that Kyle Gaudet, 40, was inside a shed on the property, according to Lynch. The family members claimed Gaudet was intoxicated, had a firearm and refused to leave the shed.

As officers attempted to enter the shed, officer Ryan Turner was confronted by Gaudet. Lynch said Gaudet pointed a rifle at him, and in response Turner fired two rounds from his service weapon.

Gaudet continuously refused to leave the shed and made mention that the officers were going to have to kill him in order to get him out, Lynch said.

A short time later, Lynch said the officers heard a “popping noise” from inside the shed and Gaudet was heard falling to the floor.

The officers immediately made their way inside the shed and found Gaudet suffering from a head wound. Lynch said the officers also found a .22 caliber pellet rifle.

Gaudet was transported to Rhode Island Hospital where he is being treated for his injury.

The Attorney General’s office and the Rhode Island State Police responded to the scene pursuant to the state’s use of force protocol.

Turner has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.

Gaudet will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon, relative to his pointing the rifle at officer Turner, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, domestic disorderly conduct and failure to relinquish a telephone.

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