WARWICK, RI (AP) – Rhode Island police on Wednesday released the name of the gunman who was shot and killed during a confrontation with officers earlier this week, and the name of the officer who fired his weapon.
Frank Nappa Jr., 49, of Warwick, was pronounced dead in hospital around 11:30 p.m. Monday after being shot by Officer Justin Martin, Warwick police said in a statement.
Officers went to a condominium complex around 10:30 p.m. to perform a wellness check after receiving a call from someone saying there was a suicidal man in a unit and they were concerned about the safety of a female resident. Police were also told he was carrying a loaded handgun.
The woman, who police say is Nappa’s wife on Wednesday, was safely removed from the apartment.
Twice Nappa came out of the unit, pointed a gun at officers and went back inside, police said.
On the third occasion, he “went up to the officers as he pointed the gun in their direction and disobeyed repeated police orders to drop his weapon,” police said.
Martin shot and beat Nappa, police said.
Martin is a six year veteran who spent 3 1/2 years with the Warwick Police Force and previously was with the South Kingstown Police Force. He is on non-punitive administrative leave pending the investigation.
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