- Associated Press - Friday, August 19, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Police in Rhode Island have increased their monitoring of two biker gangs following concerns that an ongoing feud is on the verge of becoming a violent turf war.

Lt. Christopher Zarrella tells WPRI-TV (https://bit.ly/2bBLuKX ) the feud was sparked by the Outlaws motorcycle club’s recent foray into Rhode Island, an area traditionally controlled by the Hells Angels.

Zarrella, head of the Rhode Island State Police Intelligence Unit, says authorities are concerned that the state could experience something along the lines of what happened in Waco, Texas, in May 2015.

There, members of the Bandidos and Cossacks biker gangs engaged in a shootout that left nine dead and 20 injured.

With both gangs increasing their membership in recent months, Zarrella says police are doing their best to keep intelligence up to date.


Information from: WPRI-TV, https://www.wpri.com

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