UPDATED: Police hope for peaceful resolution in standoff with former RWU student


Police are still on scene at the Dartmouth, Mass., home of a former Roger Williams University Law School student, who allegedly threatened to "shoot up" the university's campuses in Bristol and Providence.

Officers from Dartmouth Police Department and Massachusetts State Police surrounded the 209 Richard St. home, around 11 a.m. this morning after Dartmouth police received a well-being request by the Bristol Police Department.

"Bristol received notification from Roger Williams that this individual had forwarded to the university what we're calling credible threats," said Dartmouth Police Det. Kyle Costa.

The former student, a man in his mid-30s, Det. Costa said, does own guns.

"We weren't able to make contact with him upon arrival," Det. Costa said. "And when we learned that he did have firearms in the home, we determined that the officers should pull out of the house.

"We're at a stand-still now, and hoping for a peaceful resolution."

The Public Affairs Office at Roger Williams University circulated an email to its students, faculty and staff this morning, alerting them to the increased police presence on campus.

"Earlier this morning, a small group of faculty and administrators at RWU Law received an email…that included threatening language and raised concerns," the email states. "Out of an abundance of caution, the Bristol Police will remain an active presence on the Roger Williams campus until the suspect is confirmed to be in custody."

According to Bristol Police Dep. Chief Steven Contente, the situation is currently under the jurisdiction of Massachusetts police, however the man in question will face charges in Bristol.

Det. Costa said that the man does live with family and that he is not a person "who typically stands out."


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