The incident occurred when State Police troopers went to Mr. Ferro’s residence to speak with him as part of ongoing investigation by several agencies into harassment, threatening communications and frivolous complaints Mr. Ferro allegedly directed toward a former employer, who fired him in September 2011.
When troopers arrived at Mr. Ferro’s home, he failed to answer the door despite signs that he was home, including the presence of a TV set that was turned on. Troopers then knocked on a side door and various windows, repeatedly identifying themselves as police and stating they wanted to speak to him. After about five minutes, Ferro allegedly let his dog out and emerged in the doorway allegedly holding a loaded shotgun. Ordered by a trooper to drop it, he allegedly ignored the command and retreated into the house. The troopers retreated, took cover, and contacted Warren police for backup. Mr. Ferro surrendered when Warren police arrived on the scene, and a loaded 12-gauge shotgun was seized.
At arraignment before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan, a not guilty plea was entered on Mr. Ferro’s behalf. He was released on conditions which include home detention with electronic monitoring, mandatory mental health treatment, and a no–contact order which prohibits him from making any contact with his former employer.
According to court records, Mr. Ferro was convicted of felony assault with a dangerous weapon in Rhode Island state court in 1994.