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RI man in police spat imprisoned on unrelated case

April 20, 2012
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SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I.—A Charlestown man who was shot at by a police officer before being subdued with a stun gun in February has been sentenced to 30 days in prison after a dustup with a handicapped neighbor.

The Westerly Sun ( http://bit.ly/p10puN) reports Gerald Bates pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct after police say he threatened a neighbor who uses a wheelchair.

The incident violated the terms of bail set for Bates after police say he was involved in a scuffle with an officer. Police say Bates charged the officer and knocked him down after refusing an order to get to the ground.

The officer discharged his gun during the scuffle, but didn't hit Bates. The officer was struck in the head, apparently with a portable radio.

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