PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Members of the Rhode Island State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Pawtucket.
Police were called to Webster Street just after 6 p.m. Thursday. According to the city’s fire department, a shooting victim was transported to Rhode Island Hospital. Pawtucket police have confirmed the man has died.
RI State Police Col. Steven O’Donnell confirmed detectives and forensic investigators also reported to the scene because a police officer was involved in the shooting.
Rosalina Limardo said she heard five loud popping noises just outside of her home.
“I told my daughter, ‘those are gunshots, stay inside’ and when I looked, a female officer was pointing a gun at a gentleman that was on the floor. There was a gun on the floor as well,” she said.
Limardo said the man was face down on the sidewalk.
“He wasn’t breathing right, he was like breathing heavily,” she said. “Two officers came by and pushed her to the side and when they turned him around he wasn’t breathing anymore they started doing CPR on him.”
Limardo told Eyewitness News she saw ambulances pull up and quickly take the man away.
As the sun went down Thursday, the crime scene grew – as evidence markers piled up and detectives started their investigation.
Police are now trying to learn what happened and who fired the gun.
“It sounded [like] all the same gun, but there was another gun on the street,” Limardo said.
Limardo said Cox Cable employees were doing work in the area and witnessed the incident – and police took them in for questioning.
Many residents said they have questions themselves as to what happened.
“This was the first time ever in 18 years, this has never happened – so this is a shocker to us,” Limardo said.
The last officer-involved shooting in the city was in May of 2012.