Arrest made in downtown Providence drive-by shooting
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WJAR) —
Providence police said Thursday that a man had been arrested in connection with a mid-day shooting near a courthouse.
Police said Joseph Segrain, 33, of Pawtucket faces five charges, including drive-by shooting, possession of a firearm from a person previously convicted of a prior crime of violence, using a firearm while committing a crime of violence, felony assault and possession of a firearm.
According to authorities, Segrain shot 22-year-old Matthew DePina on Monday afternoon as he was driving down Memorial Boulevard.
Prosecutors said it all started earlier that morning when Segrain showed up to Providence Superior Court with about 10 other people.
“Mr. Segrain, himself, started an altercation with an individual in that courtroom,” said Joe McBurney, special assistant attorney general.
Segrain and his friends were then kicked out of the courthouse. Afterward, investigators said Segrain circled the courthouse for about an hour and when the victim left, Segrain followed DePina and shot him at least four times, nearly hurting other people with the BMW he was driving.
“That BMW came flying down College Hill next to Superior Court, ran the red light at South Main Street almost striking several vehicles,” McBurney said.
Segrain was arrested Wednesday in Pawtucket on a warrant for felony assault and gun possession. Police said he was not one of the two people who was taken into custody in Warwick after the shooting to be questioned; one of them was released, the other, Jose Morales, was charged with reckless driving.
Segrain was already on probation at the time of the shooting for a drug charge. During the arraignment, the prosecution noted that Segrain had four prior felonies.
“The charges before him amount to a possibility of 114 years incarceration, which would include the habitual offender which we will file,” McBurney said.
Segrain was held on a $200,000 bond.
As for the victim, DePina's injuries were serious but non-life threatening.