CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The suspect in an officer-involved shooting from over the weekend was ordered held on $2,000 during his arraignment Monday morning.
Anthony McKinney, Jr., 28, of Providence is facing a number of charges, including reckless driving, in connection with the Saturday morning confrontation.
Police said the incident happened around 11 a.m. after a Cranston officer attempted to pull a vehicle over on Niantic Avenue because he noticed the driver was not wearing his seat belt.
Police say the driver, later identified McKinney, initially appeared to be stopping but then swerved back into traffic in an attempt to get away. However, McKinney got stuck behind traffic and was unable to go any further.
The officer got out of his cruiser and as he approached the suspect’s vehicle, police said McKinney quickly put his car in reverse, passed the officer going the wrong way on Cranston Street, and struck a guardrail.
The officer continued towards the vehicle on foot with his gun pointed at the suspect, yelling for him to stop. At that point, according to police, McKinney then began to drive directly towards the officer, who in return fired one round at the suspect. The bullet went through the windshield but did not strike McKinney.
A Rhode Island State Trooper who happened to be nearby heard the gunshot and was able to help the Cranston officer arrest the suspect.
Cranston Police Chief Col. Michael Winquist said that McKinney has an extensive criminal record that includes several drug-related incidents and a 2011 conviction for armed robbery. He was just released last January after serving eight of a 15-year sentence at the ACI.
Several agencies are now investigating the incident, including the Cranston Police, Rhode Island State Police, Providence Police Department, and Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office.