Providence Police Seize 11 Firearms in Four Separate Incidents
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
“Providence is fortunate to have such a capable and distinguished police department,” said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza. “I commend recent efforts to keep illegal guns off of our streets. Residents, businesses and visitors can be assured that our commitment to keeping this city safe will not waiver.”
June 4 and 5 Incidents
The first incident came on June 4 when Detective Thomas Zincone encountered Juan Lajara, 23, and Thomas Lumpkins, 26, at 85 Congress Avenue. Zincone engaged in a brief struggle with Lajara, after which he was able to secure a warrant for the address that led to the discovery of a .380 caliber handgun outside the apartment, and a .30 caliber revolver, 3 grams of heroin, and 5 grams of marijuana inside it.
Lajara and Lumpkins were both charged with possession of a firearm without a license and Lumpkins was also charged with narcotics violations.
On June 5 an investigation by the Providence Police Narcotics Bureau led to the seizure of seven firearms from a Pawtucket home, as well as the interception of an attempted narcotics shipment.
June 7 Incidents
On June 7 Providence Police Task Force Officers Sean Lafferty and Matthew McGloin were patrolling the Lexington Street when they encountered Trenton Keith, 20, who pulled a firearm on the officers.
Keith was ultimately apprehended in the back yard of 198 Adelaide Avenue, where a Beretta 92F with obliterated serial numbers was also discovered in a trash can in the yard. Keith was charged with two counts of felony assault, possession of a firearm while committing a crime of violence, and possession of a firearm with obliterated serial numbers.
The final incident occurred on June 7 when Task Force Officer Eric Chabot observed a light-skinned Hispanic male walking from the side of a green trash can. The male fled the scene, but Chabot ultimately seized a Interarms (Firestar) 9mm gun in the trash can.
Related Slideshow: Police Militarization - Department by Department Breakdown
Below are those fifteen local police departments that have obtained military supplies, listed from least to most items acquired. The list does not include acquisition records for certain tactical weapons and supplies for which the Pentagon has refused to release department-specific data. (In those instances only county-level data has been released. That data is not included below.) Records are for recent acquisitions going back to 2009 and were obtained from the Defense Logistics Agency.
Items Purchased: 2,389
Summary of Equipment: Armor plates (30 units), Demolition firing device (1 unit), Improvised Explosive Device training it (9 units), High capacity rifle magazines (599 units), Chemical protective suit (1 unit), High-speed tractor (1 unit), Diesel generators (2 units), Flat panel monitors (21 units)
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