Woman files lawsuit against Providence for injuries sustained in I-95 shooting
PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – A woman injured in a police-involved shooting in Providence from three years ago filed a lawsuit against the city.
The woman, Christine Demers, had the suit filed in superior court on Wednesday, where it claims she suffered health-related issues because of the incident on November 9, 2017.
The incident started when a suspect, Donald Morgan, was being transferred to court and managed to steal a police cruiser.
Morgan left the cruiser in South Providence and police heard he jumped in the back of a white pickup truck.
Police chased down the white pickup, where they shot and killed a man driving the vehicle.
Inside the vehicle was Joseph Santos, who did not stop driving the truck directly at police officers.
40 rounds in all were fired at the vehicle.
“When there’s an imminent threat with a weapon, by way of that vehicle, judgments and decisions have to be made”, said Saftey Commissioner Steve Pare the day after the incident.
The suit claims that Santos’ driving became “increasingly erratic” because of the multi-car pursuit.
Also listed as defendants are four state troopers, six Providence officers, and the state of Rhode Island.
Demers was previously arrested on drug charges in 2018.