Man charged with stealing state police cruiser

Man charged with stealing state police cruiser

Man charged with stealing state police cruiser

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

Santos was killed by police around 10:45 a.m. Thursday on an I-95 north on-ramp near Providence Place.

Officers said they fired on him because he was using his vehicle as a risky weapon, and they feared for the lives of nearby drivers as well as their own.

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.

A Providence District Court judge Tuesday ordered Morgan held as a bail violator during his arraignment on a half-dozen charges related both to an earlier auto theft and the cruiser theft.

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

The cruiser was found abandoned in a Providence neighborhood a short time later.

Police searching for Morgan that morning received a tip that he may have jumped into the back of a white pickup.

The ACLU is asking state police to release its high-speed pursuit policy and the troopers' names.

It happened less than two hours before a deadly shooting involving officers on Interstate 95 in Rhode Island.

They fired a total of 23 shots at Santos; in total, over 40 shots were fired in two volleys.

Video from RIDOT traffic cameras of the scene shows the colonel on scene one minute after officers and troopers opened fire on the truck.

State Police Col. Ann Assumpico, in a press conference Saturday, wouldn't release the names of the four troopers involved, although she commended them, The Providence Journal reported.

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.