Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Deadly shooting in Providence

Deadly shooting in Providence

The five officers are on administrative duty while the incident is investigated by Providence police, state police and the attorney general's office, as is customary for police shootings in Rhode Island.

The police chief in Providence is defending his officers' use of force in a morning shooting on Interstate 95 in Rhode Island.

Police initially said the shooting and theft were related, but then said later Thursday that the man who stole the police cruiser is not the same man who got into the shootout less than two hours later.

"We are looking at a number of police officers and troopers who discharged and when they discharged, this is going to take several hours because there are multiple officers involved and its going to take some time", said Pare.

Police said several officers were chasing a white pickup truck with two people inside when the shooting happened about 10:45 a.m. on a stretch of the interstate that skirts the city's downtown and the Providence Place mall.

Donald Morgan, the fugitive wanted for stealing a police cruiser in Rhode Island, has been found after more than a day on the run and two others are also facing charges. She says Morgan was handcuffed Thursday morning when a trooper taking him to court in the auto stepped out to check on an accident.

The driver, later identified as Santos, led police on a chase the full length of Route 10, veering in and out of left and right lanes and eventually getting on to I-95 North.

Police do not know the relationship between the driver and passenger of the pick-up truck.

"These officers believed if he made it onto the highway, there would have been a greater risk to the public", Pare said. When it wouldn't stop, police opened fire on the truck in front of the mall. The unidentified man was killed in the police shooting and the woman is in critical condition. "The driver of the vehicle posed an immediate deadly threat to others on the road and to police officers".

Assumpico announced at 3 p.m. that troopers are seeking to arrest a Providence man in connection with the theft of the State Police cruiser.

The incident was all captured on video by police body cameras and witnesses.

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