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 May 14, 2005
Man held without bail in killing of police detective
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A man who allegedly shot a detective to death inside police headquarters was ordered held without bail Monday on a murder charge.

Esteban Carpio, 26, did not enter a plea in Providence District Court to a charge that he killed Det. James Allen Sunday inside police headquarters as Allen interviewed him about his possible involvement in the stabbing of an 84-year-old woman.

Police said Carpio, who was not handcuffed, got hold of Allen�s gun, shot him, broke a third floor window and jumped out. He was captured after a struggle a few blocks away, police said.

Carpio�s face looked bruised and bloody on Monday, and his face was partially obscured by a white mask.

He nodded his head to respond 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 single charge of murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole because it involves the alleged killing of an on-duty police officer, according to Providence police.

A man who identified himself as Carpioďż˝s uncle but would not give his name said the family was sorry for what had happened.  Carpio had a history of mental health problems, his family said, and the uncle said the family had tried to get Carpio to get help.

The uncle said Carpio had �obviously been beaten really badly.�


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