Providence man arrested following armed standoff


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence man was taken into custody following an hours-long standoff with police officers Wednesday evening, according to Providence Police Commander Thomas Verdi said.

Verdi said Elliot Britto, 31, barricaded himself inside a home on Ledge Street with a rifle.

Upon learning of the situation, officers in tactical gear surrounded the home and blocked off the neighborhood.

Officers were able to get Britto to surrender following nearly three hours worth of negotiations, according to Verdi.

“He would talk to us for a while, then he would hang up, then he would talk,” Verdi said. .”Our negotiators are that good … They were able to talk him out of the house and we had an arrest team in place. He came out of the house and then he was arrested.”

Verdi said Britto was transported to Rhode Island Hospital to be evaluated.

“He has a criminal history,” Verdi said. “He’s been arrested a number of times.”

According to court records, Britto faces felony assault charges, firearms charges, and a domestic violence assault charge.

No one was injured and the incident remains under investigation.

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