Man accused of shooting Providence police officer held without bail


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence man charged with opening fire on two city police officers last week, hitting one in his protective vest, faced a judge Tuesday morning.

Tyrone Robinson, 19, was ordered held without bail after he was arraigned on 10 counts including assault with intent to commit murder.

Police said they’ve had numerous contacts with Robinson, including an arrest on a weapons-related charge in May. On Friday afternoon, Officers Matthew McGloin and Jonathan Smith spotted him driving down Admiral Street and approached his vehicle.

It was then, according to prosecutors, that Robinson jumped out of the vehicle and fired several shots at the officers. One bullet struck McGloin in the lower-left torso and penetrated the outer layer of his protective vest.

McGloin, a 10-year veteran of the force, was treated for an “impact injury” at Rhode Island Hospital and later released, according to police. He’s now recovering at home.

Smith was not hit and neither was Robinson when police returned fire. The suspect ran to his home a few blocks away on Douglas Avenue and was eventually taken into custody.

Robinson allegedly ditched the firearm in a nearby park. Prosecutors say when the .45-caliber handgun was recovered by police, there was a magazine inserted in the well and the slide lock was all the way back, indicating it had been fired until it was empty.

In addition to two counts of assault with attempt to commit murder, Robinson faces two counts of using a firearm while committing a crime of violence, two counts of carrying a stolen firearm while committing a crime of violence, and single counts of carrying a dangerous weapon when committing a crime of violence, carrying a firearm without a license, and committing a criminal offense while released on bail — all of which are felonies — along with a misdemeanor count of firing in a compact area. He’s due back in court on Aug. 26.

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