PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence police say a known gang member ordered a pit bull to attack an officer during a chase early Sunday morning on the city’s South Side.
Kevin Poulin, 30, was walking near the intersection of Pine and Lockwood streets shortly after midnight when police said they saw him grabbing the right side of his waist “as if he were concealing a weighted object” and then run into a three-story house at 421 Pine Street, according to an arrest report obtained by WPRI.com.
Officers said he was caught on the second floor, but while they tried to restrain him, a woman on the third floor opened the door and allowed three pit bulls to walk toward the police. Poulin then shouted “get ‘em baby, get ‘em” to the dogs and one attacked an officer, according to the report.
The officer shot the pit bull once in the shoulder area and again in the head.
According to the report, the police arrested Poulin and found 19 individually wrapped plastic bags containing what appeared to be marijuana as well as a digital scale in the third floor apartment. Poulin was charged with simple assault, resisting arrest and obstructing an officer.
Poulin has a lengthy criminal record, according to a WPRI.com review of court records. In 2003, he was sentenced to six years in prison for a Providence robbery. In 2010, he was sentenced to three years in prison after a breaking and entering arrest in North Providence.
Poulin was scheduled to appear in court Monday.