Bristol Police Chief and Major engaged with Warren shooter

Gunman confirmed to have taken his own life after shootout

By Ethan Hartley
Posted 9/10/21

Bristol Police confirmed Friday that their Chief of Police and Major Scott McNally actively engaged with gunman Michael Ouellette during last week's murder in Warren

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Log in

Not a subscriber?

Start a Subscription

Sign up to start a subscription today! Click here to see your options.

Purchase a day pass

Purchase 24 hours of website access for $2. Click here to continue

Day pass subscribers

Are you a day pass subscriber who needs to log in? Click here to continue.

Bristol Police Chief and Major engaged with Warren shooter

Gunman confirmed to have taken his own life after shootout


The Bristol Police Department released new information on Friday related to the Sept. 2 murder that took place at the Italian American Club in Warren, which concluded on Water Street following a shootout with Bristol’s chief of police and a major from the police force driving in the same car.

A press release issued by Bristol Police this afternoon confirmed that Bristol Chief of Police Kevin Lynch and Major Scott McNally were the occupants of the unmarked police car that was headed north on Water Street, responding to the Italian American Club, when Chief Lynch spotted the suspect, Michael Ouellette, near the alleyway at 135 Water St, which was his home.

According to the release, Major McNally, who was driving, immediately stopped the car and exited, at which point Ouellette, “opened a barrage of gunfire on them with clear intent on harming the officers.”

Major McNally then took position in front of the Waterdog Restaurant while, still under fire, he yelled at people in the area to immediately retreat. He returned fire at Ouellette, while Chief Lynch worked to safely move pedestrians from the area.

The release also indicates that Ouellette fired shots at a passing car that was turning onto Water Street from Sisson Street, and that Major McNally and Chief Lynch were able to retrieve the civilian driver and get that person to safety.

Police say Ouellette then stopped firing at officers and retreated back into the alley at 135 Water St., “at which time officers heard one final gunshot.” Officers, including Chief Lynch and Major McNally, approached to find Ouellette deceased inside the gate of the alleyway.

The release indicates that the Rhode Island Medical Examiner officially ruled Ouellette’s death as suicide by firearm.

“Chief Lynch fully supports the actions of Major McNally, not only by his selfless action to engage the suspect but to have the situational awareness to consciously order bystanders to flee to safety while he was under gunfire,” the release states.

The incident remains under active investigation by the Rhode Island State Police and the Rhode Island Office of Attorney General.

2022 by East Bay Newspapers

Barrington · Bristol · East Providence · Little Compton · Portsmouth · Tiverton · Warren · Westport
Meet our staff
Mike Rego

Mike Rego has worked at East Bay Newspapers since 2001, helping the company launch The Westport Shorelines. He soon after became a Sports Editor, spending the next 10-plus years in that role before taking over as editor of The East Providence Post in February of 2012. To contact Mike about The Post or to submit information, suggest story ideas or photo opportunities, etc. in East Providence, email