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 May 3, 2005
Expert says Providence police procedures apparently not unusual
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- An expert in police procedures from Salve Regina University says Detective James Allen was probably not doing anything unusual while questioning a suspect in police headquarters this morning.

Police say that suspect�Estenban Carpio�was being questioned in a stabbing when he got his hands on Allen�s service weapon and shot the detective to death.

Michael Brady says every police station has areas called �weapons secure,� where weapons are banned.

Those areas generally include cell blocks and interrogation rooms, he says, but not areas such as detective conference rooms.  That�s where police say Allen was killed.

Brady also says that while all uniformed police officers use specialized security holsters to make it difficult for a suspect to remove the gun, most plainclothes officers use simpler holsters that don�t have a safety mechanism.

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