The Rhode Island State Police and Providence police were forced to put an end to a volatile situation on a highway bridge yesterday. The driver of a vehicle that led the police on a high speed chase refused to exit his vehicle, the doors were locked and windows darkly tinted. He attempted to barge his way out of his situation, ramming the car in front of him, backing into the one behind and ramming the one in front before the police opened fire.
The incident happened on an overpass that I have worked on numerous times. A fall from the height of the highway would be fatal. The police were forced to end the situation before innocent people were killed.
The body was not removed from the truck before the chorus chimed in. “Excessive force, gunned down, cold blooded killer” went the rhetoric from the public who were shocked when video of the incident was aired.
It was an ugly job with a terrible outcome, but I commend the officers involved. A truck ramming cars on an overpass is an immediate danger to the public, and had to be stopped. The public that was protected will never see it that way, but that is the way it is.