Shooting On Busy I-95 In Providence Shuts Down Highway

Andrew Cummings
November 12, 2017

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.

When Providence Police and Rhode Island State Police found the abandoned cruiser and sources say they were told by witnesses that the perpetrator had escaped with a white pickup truck.

Police initially said the theft and the shooting were related, but have said Santos was not a suspect in the theft of the cruiser.

"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.

Several officers were chasing a white pickup truck with two people inside when the shooting took place Thursday.

"All I can say is the Rhode Island State Police are continuing to work with the Providence Police Department and the office of the attorney general to fully investigate the events of the past 24 hours", state police spokeswoman Laura Meade Kirk said. 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 behavior of the operator of that vehicle, the white truck, is behaving in such an aggressive erratic manner, he was causing a huge public safety risk".

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.

As the auto became stuck in traffic, officers converged on it. Clements said they made the decision to open fire because Santos was putting the officers and nearby drivers at risk. He said no weapons were found in the pickup truck.

None of the officers involved were injured. One man was killed and a woman was injured.

All officer-involved shootings in Rhode Island are reviewed by the State Police and Kilmartin's office, as well as the agency of the officer or officers who opened fire, authorities said. "The driver of the vehicle posed an immediate deadly threat to others on the road and to police officers".

The police also identified the five Providence officers who fired a total of 20 shots, though not the state troopers who fired the rest.

The shooting was witnessed by a person who filmed it from a nearby on-ramp.

While the three officers were wearing body-cameras, only McGloin's recorded, Paré said.

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