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Man who Sparked Standoff Faces Weapons Charges for Discharging .22

Police said the 55-year-old was despondent because of family problems and discharged a weapon when he was taken into custody after an hours-long standoff at Landmark Medical Center.

James Giles (Photo: Woonsocket Police)
James Giles (Photo: Woonsocket Police)
Woonsocket Police charged a 55-year-old Burrillville man with weapons violations after he allegedly shot a .22 caliber rifle into the air during a standoff at Landmark Medical Center Thursday afternoon.

James Gies, 55, was reportedly despondent and under the influence of alcohol when he went to the hospital around 6 p.m. and threatened to commit suicide.

The call prompted a lockdown of the hospitals and police negotiators responded to the scene in an effort to talk Giles out of his despondent state.

The negotiations ended after about two hours when response teams used a flashbang to incapacitate him. That's when Giles' weapon discharged.

In a statement, police said Giles was going through family problems.

Nobody was injured during the incident.

All told, Giles is facing charges of carrying a weapon while intoxicated, carrying a loaded gun in a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and possession of a firearm after being convicted of  crime of violence.

Giles was convicted of assault with a dangerous weapon in 1994, according to court records.

Nelson Aldrich February 24, 2014 at 08:05 AM
Agreed la_mouffette. No need for show business on this one.
that dude u luv February 24, 2014 at 08:21 AM
Is his name james or jose....? The article says James and the people are calling him Jose. Im confused
Paul Hurteau March 09, 2014 at 01:25 AM
As a man who has suffered domestic abuse at the hands of a Woonsocket "woman" the LAST people you want to call is the police. Especially the Woonsocket Police.
ROBIN April 27, 2014 at 03:44 PM
does anyone know what is going on with jose??? wounder if he is ok;;

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