Westerly police investigating deadly shooting

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WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) — Westerly police are searching for a suspect following a deadly shooting Saturday afternoon.

Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said one person has died after being shot on Marriott Avenue.

“EMT’s were working for about 30 minutes,” Lacey said. “He was not conscious when we arrived.”

Lacey said the victim and suspect were cousins. He said two adults and three young children were at home when the shooting occurred.

Police have not released the victim’s name but said he is a 28-year-old man.

Police believe the suspect, 31, took off into Connecticut and remains on the loose.

“We were told who the suspect was,” Lacey said. “The suspect lives in Connecticut. We alerted Connecticut authorities. The Mashantucket Police Department had a short pursuit with the suspect in which the suspect fled from the vehicle. He had an accident prior to him fleeing from the vehicle. It was minor — it was bushes and a mailbox.”

Ledyard Police Lt. Ken Creutz confirmed to Eyewitness News they were working with Rhode Island authorities and Mashantucket Tribal Police. The department said it was searching the area of Shewville Road, but as of 8:15 had not located the suspect and reopened the road to traffic.

Ledyard police urged those in the area to call 911 immediately if they saw anyone suspicious.

Westerly Police said the victim and suspect were known to authorities. They believe the suspect remains armed and dangerous.

We’ll continue to update this story both online and on the air.

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