State police are working with Pawtucket PD to determine what led to the officer-involved shooting death of a Rhode Island man Thursday night.
Local media at the scene of the crime captured video of police laying out evidence markers – close to what appeared to be bloody jacket.
A nearby resident told reporters she heard gun shots, looked outside her window and saw a female officer “with her gun still pointed at a man on the ground.” Several others reported seeing another gun lying on the ground.
Detectives were reportedly on the scene for five hours, but it’s still unclear what led to the shooting, at the corner of Webster Street, around 6 p.m. on Thursday.
The Providence Journal reported that a video shot from a passing car- which was later posted to Facebook- shows the aftermath of the shooting and a voice can be heard saying, “It looks like they’re working on him. I hope they did not shoot this man 4 to 5 times like the shots I heard.”
Neighbors said the victim had what looked like a toy gun, but state police investigators could not yet confirm the type of weapon the suspect had.
Public Safety Director Tony Pires said that early indications show “the officer’s life was in jeopardy” and “appropriate force was used.”
The female officer involved in the shooting is on paid leave, which is standard department protocol.
The last OIS in Pawtucket happened in May of 2012 — according to multiple local media reports.
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