Warren man greets State Police with shotgun

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Rhode Island Police have charged a Warren man with obstructing a police officer after they say he came to the door with a shotgun when they went to his Barton Avenue home to question him Friday morning.

Rhode Island State Police Major Todd Catlow said police went to the 44 Barton Ave. home of Daniel Ferro, 50, at about 10:15 a.m. to interview him about an undisclosed matter.

Mr. Ferro allegedly refused to come to the door when police knocked, but when he did answer the door he let his dog out and stood on the front step. When he did, one of the detectives noticed a double barreled shotgun in his hand.

"They ordered him to drop the gun," Major Catlow said. "He did not drop the gun. He went back into his house and slammed the door."

State police called for assistance from the department's Wickford barracks, and also called for help from the Warren Police Department. After local police arrived, Mr. Ferro came out without his shotgun and turned himself in.

Major Catlow did not say why police originally went to his house, but said he was not charged in connection with the official visit.

Mr. Ferro was taken to Sixth Division District Court and arraigned on one count of obstruction of a police officer in the execution of his duty. The judge set personal recognizance at $100,000, but it was not known if Mr. Ferro was released.

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