Police: Providence man used stun gun on officer, K-9 after crashing stolen car


WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (WPRI) — A Providence man is set to face a judge on Friday after police said he crashed a stolen vehicle and led officers on a foot pursuit through West Bridgewater, Mass.

West Bridgewater police said they received a call around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday about a male driver who appeared to be losing consciousness behind the wheel. Officers then observed a Toyota driving in and out of travel lanes at the intersection of Manley and West streets.

As officers tried to pull the vehicle over, it sped away into traffic on the wrong side of the road and hit an oncoming vehicle before crashing into the woods, according to police.

The suspect, later identified as Jesse Marinaro, 30, ran off into the woods toward a condominium complex and broke into a home, but was chased off by the homeowner, police said.

An officer caught up to Marinaro and attempted to bring him to the ground. During the struggle, police said Marinaro attempted to take the officer’s stun gun, which went off and struck both the officer and the suspect. The officer was reportedly incapacitated for several seconds, allowing Marinaro to flee with the stun gun.

Marinaro then tried to get in one of the cruisers but the doors were locked, so he continued to run into the woods.

Police said they set up a perimeter and deployed a K-9 officer and his partner, Fedor, to canvass the area. Marinaro was found in a backyard on Crescent Street but refused to surrender, so Fedor was deployed to help apprehend him.

Marinaro used the stun gun repeatedly on Fedor as he tried to fight the K-9 off, according to police, but the officers were able to subdue Marinaro and take him into custody.

Two officers were treated for injuries at area hospitals and are expected to make a full recovery, police said. K-9 Fedor is said to be doing well and is now with his handler.

Marinaro is set to be arraigned on the following charges:

  • Two fugitive from justice warrants
  • Four outstanding default warrants
  • Two counts of assault and battery on a police dog
  • Two counts of assault and battery on a police officer
  • Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon
  • Assault with a dangerous weapon
  • Breaking and entering in the daytime
  • Resisting arrest
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Failure to stop for police
  • Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle
  • Receiving a stolen motor vehicle
  • Receiving stolen property

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