Police arrest man charged with shooting father in Woonsocket

Police arrest man charged with shooting father in Woonsocket

This article has been updated from a previous version.

PAWTUCKET – Pawtucket police have arrested a man charged with shooting and killing his father during an altercation in Woonsocket late Wednesday night.

Alex Cote, 22, has been charged with the shooting death of his father, 43-year-old Adam Castonguay. Castonguay was found dead in his apartment at 41 Village Road in Woonsocket around 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

According to Woonsocket police, Castonguay's girlfriend called to report an altercation between the two late Wednesday night. Deputy Chief Michael Lemoine said the girlfriend contacted police from another room in the apartment while the argument was still taking place.

"We know that they were in a heated argument prior to us being called," he said.

Upon arrival, police found Castonguay with a gunshot wound to his chest and showing no signs of life, according to a press release. Officer William Strain began chest compressions until EMS personnel arrived and pronounced Castonguay dead.

The investigation then turned into a manhunt for Cote, with police notifying neighboring departments of the suspect's connections in Pawtucket and Blackstone, Mass. Around 1 p.m. Thursday, Pawtucket police located Cote in a vehicle near 189 Pleasant St. and took him into custody.

As of 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Lemoine said Cote was in transit back to the Woonsocket Police Department. Police are not yet aware of a motive in the case, he said.

Cote is being charged with domestic homicide, discharging a firearm during a crime of violence and possessing a firearm without a permit. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Sixth District Court on Friday.

"We would like to thank Blackstone and Pawtucket Police, the RI Violent Crime Fugitive Task Force and the RI Attorney General’s Office for their assistance and resources," Woonsocket police said in a press release.

The incident took place in the same apartment complex where NyAsia Williams-Thomas, a 17-year-old city resident, was killed in 2019.