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81-year-old man killed in cemetery after asking man to pay back church loan

By Mason White 5:48 PM July 4, 2016
Edward Acquisto 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) An elderly man was shot dead while visiting a cemetery after asking another man to pay back a church loan, according to police in Rhode Island.

Tiverton police said that 81-year-old John Cloud approached 80-year-old Edward Acquisto, as he was in the Pocasset Hill Cemetery.

The two began to discuss the loan Acquisto took out from a church in Kingston, Massachusetts. Acquisto did not make any payments to the church for the past five years.

At some point during the argument, Acquisto pulled out a gun and shot Cloud. Cloud was pronounced dead at the scene. A short time later, police began to pursue Acquisto, who was driving a car.

Acquisto led police on a high-speed chase before being shot dead by officers. Acquisto had a violent criminal record. He was charged with manslaughter and sexual assault many years ago.