Johnston triple shooting suspect shot, killed near I-295 overpass
CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — The suspect in a Johnston triple shooting was shot and killed Wednesday on the Johnston-Cranston line, near the Interstate 295 overpass.
Cranston police said they received an alert from Johnston police at about 9:30 a.m. that there was a homicide at a home on Ligian Court.
Police obtained information about the suspect and car.
Col. Michael Winquist said an off-duty dispatcher was at St. Ann Cemetery in Cranston and spotted the suspect and vehicle. Police then responded.
Winquist said the suspect, James Harrison, drove at them head-on, nearly hitting them. A pursuit then ensued with multiple officers from Cranston and Providence.
The chase, said Winquist, went into Cranston, Johnston, and Providence.
Harrison, 52, allegedly swerved at police and hit a Cranston police cruiser. At one point, said police, he was driving on the wrong side of the road.
The suspect then lost control of his vehicle and hit a rock on Plainfield Pike near the I-295 overpass in Cranston.
Police said officers from Cranston and Providence approached the suspect and ordered him to get out of the car.
Harrison allegedly pointed his gun at police. That’s when a police officer shot and killed him.
The exits near I-295 were blocked off by Rhode Island State Police.
Police said there’s no threat to the public.
The Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office and Rhode Island State Police are investigating this incident.