Esteban Carpio was escorted into court wearing a mask and unrecognizable face. His family and friends almost fainted when they saw him. They could hardly recognize him and the first thing they did was cry out police brutality and throw a fit.
But they shouldn’t feel bad for the man with the broken face. They should feel bad for the family and friends of Detective James L. Allen whose life was taken away by Carpio in a completely avoidable situation.
Carpio killed Allen point blank with his gun. Carpio and Allen weren’t even at odds. Carpio was questioned about a completely difference crime when he apparently grabbed Allen’s gun and shot him point blank for no reason.
There was no point to the crime and no reason this detective had to lose his life.
After Carpio shot Detective Allen with his own weapon, the suspect then tried to escape by jumping out a third story window and hobbling a few blocks away. It’s safe to say his face probably exploded when he hit the ground on his long fall from the third floor. And if he got a few punches and kicks on the way to court, in exchange for killing a cop, then you can say he’s a very lucky guy to have survived.
PROVIDENCE — A white plastic mask obscuring his severely bruised face, Esteban Carpio, the man accused of fatally shooting a Providence detective inside police headquarters early Sunday, was arraigned yesterday on murder charges and ordered held without bail.
Carpio, 26, was charged in Providence District Court with killing Detective James L. Allen with the officer’s gun around 12 a.m. Sunday as the veteran officer questioned him about the stabbing of an 84-year-old woman.
Assistant Attorney General Paul Daly said in court that Carpio grabbed Allen’s pistol in a third-story interview room, shot him twice, blew out a window with another gunshot, and jumped 60 feet to a grassy mound. He was captured after what police described as a violent struggle several blocks away, about 45 minutes later.
Carpio’s relatives gasped when court officers led in the shackled man, his eyes red, swollen slits.
”Oh, my God, look what they did to him,” one of Carpio’s relatives wailed, adding a vulgarity about the police officers.
Carpio tried to plead insanity, but the judge gave a firm NO on that.
Prayers to Detective Allen’s friends and family. No detective should suffer through that.