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Providence cops nab suspect in downtown drive-by

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence police confirm they have arrested the person who shot a man as he was leaving Superior Court in downtown providence Monday afternoon.

Providence Police Maj. David Lapatin said Joseph Segrain, 33, was the gunman who shot Matthew DePina, 22, of Pawtucket on South Main Street.

Eyewitness News was in court when Segrain was arraigned on five felony charges Thursday morning, including drive-by shooting, possessing a firearm after being convicted of a crime of violence, using a firearm during a crime of violence, felony assault, and possessing a firearm without a license.providence-shooting-2

“This defendant is identified as pulling up next to that white vehicle that Mr. DePina was in, firing at least seven times into that vehicle, striking Mr. DePina at least four times,” said Special Assistant Attorney General Joseph McBurney.

McBurney said Segrain showed up at Superior Court Monday with 10 people for an arraignment in Judge Robert Krause’s courtroom.

“Mr. Segrain himself started an altercation with an individual in that courtroom,” McBurney said.

Pushing and shoving began and that’s when, according to court spokesman Craig Berke, Segrain and his friends were told to leave the court.

McBurney said Segrain then circled the court for an hour, and when DePina came out and got into a relative’s car, Segrain chased him and fired shots.

Providence Police issued a warrant for Segrain on Wednesday, and he was picked up by Pawtucket Police.

Segrain is being held in $200,000 bail with surety. Prosecutors said Segrain has prior gun and drug charges.

Lapatin said Segrain is not one of the two men taken into custody in Warwick following the shooting and a police pursuit. Those two men were part of the altercation in court, Lapatin said. One of the men, Jose Morales, was charged with reckless driving. The other was released without being charged.

Lapatin said more charges are possible in this case.

Police told Eyewitness News DePina’s injuries were not life-threatening and he was in serious condition as of Monday evening. 

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