Man shot by officer arraigned on drug charges

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A man shot by a Providence police officer has been charged with heroin possession, domestic assault, vandalism and disorderly conduct.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1kuecxk) that Dari Garcia was arraigned Monday in District Court.

The 24-year-old Garicia is still recovering after Officer Ryan Moroney shot him twice Feb. 17 during a fight with Garcia’s family. Authorities say Garcia assaulted his mother and smashed a window of a van belonging to his sister. A baby was in the vehicle.

Garcia’s lawyer told police his family called because he was upset and trying to leave.

Police prosecutor David Brien told the judge that Garcia had a hand in his waistband and refused the officer’s order to remove it. Moroney believed Garcia had a gun and shot him.

Garcia was unarmed and police found he was carrying heroin.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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