WOONSOCKET - A Burrillville man is facing weapons and alcohol charges after threatening suicide outside Landmark Medical Center Thursday nght, forcing a lockdown of the facility.
Jose Giles, 55, has been booked by Woonsocket police on charges of
possession of a firearm after being convicted of a crime of violence, carrying a weapon while intoxicated, carrying a loaded weapon in a motor vehicle, discharging a firearm in a compact area and resisting arrest.
Police responded to the Cass Avenue hospital after receiving a 911 call about a man in a truck outside the ambulance bays who was threatening to commit suicide, Detective Sgt. Matt Ryan said.
Local special response teams and state police surrounded the man as the hospital went into lockdown and emergency response vehicles were diverted to other hospitals.
After negotiating with the man for several hours, police used a "flashbang" device to distract him and quickly apprehended him.
Giles' .22-caliber rifle discharged as he was being subdued, prompting police to charge him with firing the weapon.
"Woonsocket police...determined that Giles was upset over some family problems," police said in a statement Friday morning. "Negotiators from the Woonsocket Police Department talked with Mr. Giles for several hours in an attempt to end the standoff. During the standoff Mr. Giles eventually exited his vehicle and at that time Woonsocket Special Response Team members used a distraction device to disorient Giles."
SRT members then engaged Giles in order to take him into custody. "During this engagement Giles pulled the trigger of what was a .22 caliber rifle firing a round into the air," police said.
Police quickly subdued Giles after the weapon was discharged and he was taken into custody. No one was injured.
Giles was medically evaluated by Landmark staff and transported to police headquarters, where he was booked.
He is expected to be arraigned later today in Sixth District Court, Providence.
Court records say Giles has had his run-ins with the Woonsocket police over gun-crimes in he past.
In 1994, he pleaded no contest to Woonsocket police charges of making a felony assault with a dangerous weapon and carrying a pistol without a license. His sentence was five years' probation.
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