PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence police on Friday released the body camera footage of an officer-involved shooting near the Providence Place mall Thursday morning.
Clements said five Providence officers fired their weapons during the incident: Major Oscar Perez, Sgt. Gregory Paolo, Officer Matthew McGloin, Officer Thomas Zincone and Officer Christopher Ziroli. State police spokesperson Laura Meade Kirk declined to identify the troopers involved and provide information on their role in the shooting in an email to Eyewitness News on Friday.
Only one of those officers had a body camera activated during the shooting. Two of the officers did not have body cameras assigned to them, one officer did not activate the camera properly and the other officer did not have his body camera activated at all.See Providence police’s body camera footage below. On the Eyewitness News app? Click here to view body cam footage »
Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré said at least nine Providence police officers and state troopers discharged their weapons into a white pickup truck on the I-95 North on-ramp near the mall, killing one man and injuring a woman. He said he believes “two dozen or three dozen” shots were fired.
See the body cam footage in the video above, and RIDOT’s footage of the incident below. On the Eyewitness News app? Click here to view RIDOT footage »
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. While it was initially thought the chase involved the same suspect who stole a state police cruiser around 9 a.m. Thursday, Paré later said the chase “was not directly related to theft of the trooper vehicle.”
Providence police are two months into a three-month process of training officers and deploying 250 body cameras.
The policy for wearing body cameras requires that the cameras be turned on during pursuits, and while most of the video recorded will be deleted after 90 days, any video involving a crime scene will be saved for the investigation.