NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I.—A man accused of shooting and wounding a police officer with the officer's handgun during an investigation into a fatal hit-and-run accident was ordered held without bail Monday.
David Catalano, 29, did not enter a plea during a hearing in Wakefield District Court where he was charged with assault with intent to murder, a firearms offense, stealing a police cruiser and other crimes. A bail hearing was set for June 3.
It was not immediately clear whether Catalano had an attorney. A phone listing for him could not be found.
The shooting happened Sunday as police officers investigated a hit-and-run accident at a nearby East Greenwich gas station that killed longtime attendant Clifford Levalley, 66.
Officer Travis Maiato's (MAY'-ah-toh) was sent to Catalano's home in North Kingstown after the accident and was waiting for police to arrive from East Greenwich. Catalano attacked the officer when he heard a message over the police radio indicating that Levalley had been seriously injured, prosecutors said.
Catalano fired once while Maiato was on his knees and twice at his head, authorities said. The officer was in good condition Monday at Rhode Island Hospital and may soon be released, North Kingstown Police Chief Edward Charboneau said.
Catalano was expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Warwick District Court on charges related to the traffic fatality, including leaving the scene of an accident where someone was killed and driving to endanger, death resulting.