Man previously shot by NP police is killed after confronting officers in LA

Man previously shot by NP police is killed after confronting officers in LA

Various news outlets were reporting this week that Richard Solitro, of North Providence, was shot and killed on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles after he got into a confrontation with police there.

According to reports, Solitro, 34, cut off police in a patrol car, then reversed his car and crashed into the cruiser. He exited his car in a bulletproof vest with hands behind his back. He then reportedly ignored officers’ commands and began counting down. When he started to pull his hand from behind his back, police shot him.

Back in December 2018, The North Providence Breeze reported that Solitro, who dealt with mental health issues, confronted police at a Manning Street home and was shot multiple times after pointing a replica gun at officers. Police at that time received a call about a man making statements indicating that he intended to harm himself.

Police in that case said Solitro arrived shortly after Officer Mathew Florio responded to the home. He then exited the vehicle holding the gun. Florio ordered him to drop the weapon, but Solitro refused, according to police, and after Solitro pointed his gun at him, he shot him. Officers then rendered aid and he was transported to the hospital where he was treated for his injuries and later recovered.

The gun Solitro allegedly pointed at Florio was a “true-to-scale” replica of a 9mm Beretta pistol, said police.

According to court records, Solitro pleaded no contest last September to felony charges of assault by use of a device similar in appearance to a firearm, and agreed to pay costs. The case was still open, according to the state database.