Police: Man shot by officers has history of violent run-ins with the law

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COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — Coventry police are conducting their own investigation into the man shot during a violent altercation with police in Attleboro.

Police told Eyewitness News that prior to the shooting, Eric Lindsey, 41, of Coventry, was kicked out of his girlfriend’s home a few hours before he shot at police. They say Lindsey did have another firearm on him, and that he had other ammunition on him at the time of the shooting. 

Police were called to the Assembly of God church Monday after a pastor reported that he had found a man sitting in the pews holding a gun. Police said the Lindsey left the building prior to their arrival and fled on foot down Newport Avenue.

When the officers tried to speak to Lindsey, he turned and started firing at their police cruisers. The officers were not hit, according to police, but did shoot the man multiple times.

In response to the shooting, Coventry police conducted a court-authorized search warrant of Lindsey’s Station Street home and have been looking into his actions in the days leading up to the incident.

According to a Facebook post by the Coventry Police Department, Lindsey was well-known to officers for violent altercations that led to his arrest. Police said in October 2017, Lindsey was arrested for DUI and several guns were seized from his vehicle. In January, police said an incident occurred where Lindsey tried to take an officer’s gun from him. In August, Lindsey was arrested after fighting with several police officers.

The Bristol County DA’s office said Lindsey would be charged with two counts of armed assault to murder, four counts of attempted assault and battery with a firearm, four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, three counts of possessing a large capacity feeding device, and one count each of breaking and entering, unlawful possession of a large-capacity firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, carrying an illegal firearm and carrying a loaded illegal firearm.

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