Man shot by police appears in court
A man shot by Cranston police during a traffic stop appeared Monday in Providence District Court.
Shawn Sykes was arraigned on assault, drug and gun charges. A judge set bail at $75,000 with surety.
Sykes, 26, is a fugitive from Virginia, and he was free on bail in Rhode Island on drug charges.
Police said they tried to pull over Sykes for suspected DUI early Saturday morning on Plainfield Street.
Police said Sykes refused to stop and drove into Providence, where he got out and pointed a gun at police. A Cranston officer, Brent Robbins, shot him in the arm.
"I heard three pop pop pops," said Guy Candelmo, who was sleeping at home when he heard the shots.
Police said Sykes took off and ran through several yards, including Kabia Cargoe's backyard.
"The shed was also open because we usually close the shed. And when I came out in the morning, there was also blood splattered," said Cargoe, who slept through the gunshots.
Cargoe said he found blood on his deck too.
Police eventually found Sykes on Duxbury Street. He was treated at Rhode Island Hospital and released to Providence police.
He's wanted in Virginia on commercial sex and prostitution charges.
Robbins has been placed on paid administrative leave, but Cranston police said he had the right to fire if the suspect was first to pull out a gun.