PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police are investigating a fatal shooting in a Rhode Island city.
The Central Falls Police Department says it found 43-year-old Maurice Botelho in a basement with a gunshot wound to his chest early Sunday morning. He was later pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital.
Police have arrested 20-year-old Mael Vasquez, who was on the porch of the King Street home when officers arrived in response to a call about the shooting.
Vasquez told police he had shot an intruder in the basement and was acting in self-defense against someone who was attacking him. He’s been charged with possessing a stolen firearm and is being held on bail after a Sunday arraignment.
It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.
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