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Suspect Kills Cop, Flees, Gets Recaptured
No bail for suspect in detective's shooting
Officer killed at police headquarters
Tuesday, April 19, 2005 Posted: 0704 GMT
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) -- A man charged with killing a detective with the officer's own gun during questioning at police headquarters was ordered held without bail Monday.
Esteban Carpio, 26, did not enter a plea in Providence District Court to a murder charge in the death of Detective James Allen.
His face appeared bruised and bloody, and was obscured by a white mask that covered the area from his chin to his eyes. <b><font color=red>Police have said he injured his leg, arm and head when he jumped from a third-floor window at the police building.</b></font>
Carpio nodded his head in response to questions during his arraignment but did not speak, except to say, "I love you, Mom," as he was led out of the courtroom.
The murder charge carries a potential maximum sentence of life in prison without parole because it involves the killing of an on-duty police officer.
Authorities said Allen, 50, was shot Sunday in a conference room while he questioned Carpio about his possible involvement in the stabbing of an 84-year-old woman, who is expected to recover. Carpio was not under arrest at the time and had been taken out of handcuffs.
After the shooting, Carpio broke a window in an adjacent office and jumped out. He was captured a few blocks away, authorities said.
Carpio's mother and another woman wailed when he was brought into the courtroom Monday, hands and legs shackled and held by several officers. One yelled "Oh my God, look what they did to him." Officers wrestled both women out of the courtroom as they screamed about a coverup and police brutality.
Police Chief Dean Esserman would not say how Carpio managed to get Allen's weapon or discuss other details leading up to the shooting. He also would not discuss the protocols for carrying weapons inside police headquarters or for interviewing potential suspects, and would not say if there were witnesses.
Allen, a 27-year veteran of the force, was an experienced investigator and one of the department's longest-serving detectives.
"Jimmy Allen passed in the noblest way possible. He gave his life trying to make our lives safer," Mayor David Cicilline said. "He died a hero."