Rhode Island State Police identify troopers in deadly I-95 shooting

Henrietta Strickland
November 15, 2017

Police say Joseph Santos, 32, tried to speed away from officers Thursday but got caught in traffic and repeatedly rammed another auto in front of him as officers jumped out of the way.

Providence Police confirmed Tuesday that the man who was shot and killed after a pursuit last Thursday was in fact acquainted with another man who they say stole a police cruiser while in custody earlier that day. It also called on state police to release its high-speed chase policy, which the agency also did Tuesday.

Rhode Island State Police identified the trooper who lost his vehicle and the other troopers involved in the deadly shooting.

Santos was driving the pickup Thursday when he led numerous officers and troopers on a high-speed chase along Route 10 and down a connector to I-95, where he was stopped.

The chase came as police were looking for a different man who had stolen a state police cruiser and were looking for a white pickup in connection with that incident.

The trooper whose cruiser was stolen is identified as Michael Doherty, who described himself in a court affidavit as a 13-year veteran trooper.

Both Providence and State Police said the results of their investigations would be turned over to the Attorney General's office for presentation to a grand jury, which is the protocol for all officer-involved shootings.

It wasn't immediately clear why Santos wouldn't stop, though police did say he had two outstanding warrants. Morgan's ex-girlfriend told news outlets Morgan and Santos were close friends, and Providence Police Commissioner Steven Pare told WPRI-TV that investigators were looking into whether Santos helped Morgan escape. "We are not going to elaborate beyond that at this time", she said.

In a statement, State Police Superintendent Colonel Ann Assumpico announced that partitions will be installed as soon as possible in all marked state police cruisers.

"In light of the policy's recognition of the danger of these pursuits, it is hard to comprehend why permission was given (assuming it was given) for so many cruisers to be involved in the chase", Brown wrote in an email.

Providence Police released the names of their officers involved and video footage Friday.

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