LINCOLN — A North Reading man, who accidentally shot himself in the face during a tussle with an undercover state trooper last November, has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
Arjusz E. Roszkowski, 26, drove to Lincoln Woods State Park on Nov. 6 in order to purchase a shotgun for a planned bank robbery, according to State Police. However, authorities had learned about the purchase and set up an undercover sting at the state park.
When the detective identified himself as a state trooper, Roszkowski reached into his waistband and pulled out a 9-mm handgun, according to State Police. During a struggle between the suspect and officer, the handgun discharged and shot Roszkowski in the face.
The suspect eventually recovered from his injuries.
On Tuesday, Roszkowski was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing a firearm with its serial number removed.
State Police have also charged Roszkowski with nine crimes, including the following seven felonies: possession and attempted possession of a weapon without a license, possession and attempted possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, alteration of identification marks of a firearm, assault with a dangerous weapon and using a firearm while committing a crime of violence.Both U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch are prosecuting the case.
Roszkowski is currently being held on $250,000 surety bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions (ACI) in Cranston.
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