Questions linger after deadly Rhode Island police shooting

Questions linger after deadly Rhode Island police shooting

At a press conference this afternoon held by Providence Police and Rhode Island State Police officials, both Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steve Pare and Assumpico spoke and repeatedly expressed that the two incidents are under investigation.

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 theft and the shooting were related, but have said Santos was not a suspect in the theft of the cruiser. "There was the theft of the trooper vehicle, there was this chase by the police officers and then deadly force was used".

Around 10:45 when the deadly shooting took place when police fired on a truck with the suspect and the female inside.

Police in Rhode Island say a woman who had been dead for about 24 hours was found in her home by her adult children. He was being transported to court and was left alone and handcuffed in the vehicle when the trooper stepped out to check on an accident, she said.

The shooting came after a chase on Route 10 that ended at the on-ramp from Memorial Boulevard to I-95 North adjacent to Providence Place.

"These officers believed if he made it onto the highway, there would have been a greater risk to the public", Pare said.

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While police were searching for Morgan they said they received a tip that he jumped into a white truck.

The truck tried to keep going anyway, ramming a small auto stopped in front of it and shoving it to the side. She says Morgan was handcuffed Thursday morning when a trooper taking him to court in the auto stepped out to check on an accident.

None of the officers involved were injured. The unidentified man was killed in the police shooting and the woman is in critical condition.

But, GoLocal has learned that there is no relationship other than the misidentification of the vehicle.

Representatives of the State Police, Providence police, and Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin's office either declined to comment when contacted by the Globe or could not be reached for comment.

Of the five Providence police officers who fired their weapons, three had body cameras on their person, but only one was properly turned on by an officer. That witness said the driver was boxed in and was hitting cars behind and in front of him as officers converged on it. The police also showed a view from a body camera on one of the Providence officers who fired his gun.

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