Bristol Police: 'Gun shots,' coyotes, birdcage in the rain


The Bristol Police Department responded to the following calls between April 3 and April 9:

Monday, April 3

Police responded to reports of an accident at Gooding Avenue and Hope Street just before 10 a.m. One driver declined medical attention.

A car jumped a curb on Hope Street and drove into a storefront in the middle of the afternoon. No one was seriously injured. For more information, visit

Tuesday, April 4

A bicycle was reportedly stolen from Mt. Hope High School.
A man on Bay View Avenue reportedly sold his parent’s car without permission. Police filed a report.

A resident called to report a group of teenagers was walking on the rocks near the pond at Guiteras School just after 4 p.m. They were gone when officers arrived.

The traffic light at Metacom Avenue and Roosevelt Drive was malfunctioning around 5 p.m. DOT was notified.

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Wednesday, April 5

Two callers reported spotting a coyote on Hope Street near the Warren line, first around 10 a.m., then an hour later.

A caller reported hearing four gunshots in the area of Duffield Road just after 2 p.m. The “gunshots” turned out to be construction noise from a project on Fales Road.

An anonymous caller reported juveniles were tampering with the front door of a house on State Street at 7:30 p.m. They were just riding bikes in the neighborhood when officers arrived.

Thursday, April 6

A resident on Goulart Avenue was reportedly open burning debris in the yard around noon. The fire was extinguished.

A caller reported seeing a bird cage with birds in it outside in the rain near the drive-thru of the CVS on Metacom Avenue around 7:30 p.m. The cage was gone when police arrived.

Friday, April 7

A resident on Catherine Street reported someone walking in the backyard, and the motion sensor outdoor lights went on. The caller was unable to provide a description, and police could not find a suspect.

A caller reported possible drug activity in a car at Mount Hope Farm. No one was in the car when police arrived.

A resident on River Street complained of a loud party in a neighbor’s house around 8:30 p.m. There was no noise or party when officers arrived.

Saturday, April 8

A loud group of people was reportedly hanging out in the street on Hopeworth Avenue at 1 a.m. Police filed a report but no citations were issued.

Police encountered three juveniles loitering on Broadcommon Road at 3 a.m. An officer escorted them home.

A possibly drunk man was walking through a resident’s yard on Viking Drive at 6:15 a.m. There were no issues; the man was walking home.

A “suspicious” man on Burton Street at 9 a.m. turned out to be a contractor working in the area.

An injured coyote was reported on Riverview Avenue at 10 a.m. but had wandered off before authorities responded.

Police responded to several noise and nuisance complaints on Goulart Avenue, Third Street, Cliff Drive, Richmond Street and Wood Street.

Sunday, April 9

Animal control responded to several complaints of dead or loose animals, including another coyote sighting, this time on Sandy Lane at 10:30 a.m.

Police responded to a property dispute on Broadcommon Road over trees being cut. It was a civil matter.

A passer-by reported a verbal argument on High Street at 3 p.m., which turned out to be a mother disciplining her daughter.

Police assisted with a fire in a maintenance building on Wood Street. There were no reports of injuries.


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