Off-duty Barrington police officers intervene in two fights

Both incidents occurred in neighboring town, involved domestic disputes


On two separate occasions last week, off-duty Barrington police officers helped stop domestic disputes in a neighboring town.

On Thursday, May 25, a Barrington police officer had just finished his shift and was heading home when something caught his eye. The officer was driving on Mink Street in Seekonk when he saw a man and a woman walking alone the side of the road locked in an apparent argument.

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The officer slowed his vehicle and then saw the man grab the woman in an attempt to take her phone from her. The officer turned his car around, as he was headed in the opposite direction, and then followed the couple to a gas station near the intersection of Route 114 and Mink Road. There, he saw the man pull the woman behind some parked cars and then noticed the couple make their way into the convenience store located at the gas station.

The officer approach the store and saw the man blocking the woman while she was trying to leave the store. That's when the officer approached the man and ordered him to exit the store. He began questioning the man and then handed off the investigation to East Providence police once those officers arrived on scene.

Two days later, a different Barrington police officer was driving in East Providence near the Miller's Roast Beef restaurant when he heard loud yelling. He traced the noise to a man and a woman who were walking nearby; the woman appeared to be mad at the man and the off-duty officer reportedly saw the woman punch the man a number of times.

The officer called the East Providence police and then intervened in the situation, waiting on scene until the other officers arrived. 

Barrington Police Chief John LaCross commended both of his officers for their work.


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