During a marital dispute in Cranston, Rhode Island Plaintiff Edward Caniglia went to the bedroom, retrieved a firearm, took it into the dining room and threw it on the table, and told his wife to go ahead and shoot him because he couldn’t take it anymore. The wife leaves the house and calls the police the next morning because her husband is not answering the telephone. When Edward is taken to the hospital for evaluation, officers enter the home and seize two firearms.

On appeal to the First Circuit in a “case of first impression,” the First Circuit joined the Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits in applying the Community Caretaking Exception to the warrantless entry into a dwelling.

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