Cranston police release body-cam from officer-involved shooting

Warwick Beacon ·

Cranston Police have released the name of the officer involved in a shooting last Sunday evening, as well as her body-worn camera footage from the incident.

“Now that the multi-agency investigation into the officer-involved-shooting/use of deadly force by a Cranston Police Officer on (June 16) is substantially complete, the Officer’s body-worn camera footage is available,” said Cranston Police Chief Col. Michael J. Winquist.

Winquist identified the “officer who discharged her weapon” as Officer Kayleigh Cooper, a three-year veteran with the department

According to police, Cooper fired at a fleeing vehicle after an alleged shoplifting incident at the Garden City Shopping Center Sunday evening.

As of Friday morning, the Cranston Herald was awaiting an update on whether police were still looking for the vehicle and its occupants — a request for an update on the case is pending, with Maj. Todd Patalano, CPD’s Chief of Administrative Services, and Brian Hodge, a spokesman for Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Neronha.

Around 5:16 p.m., Sunday, June 16, Cranston police were called to investigate a “shoplifting offense” reported by a store employee at the Garden City Shopping Center.

About five minutes later, around 5:21 p.m., Cooper “observed the vehicle stopped in traffic at a red light on Reservoir Avenue, just south of the on-ramp to Route 10 in the city of Providence,” according to the press release.

Cooper then “approached the suspect vehicle on foot, opened the driver’s door, and ordered the occupants to exit,” according to police. The man driving the vehicle “refused the officer’s commands, while the female passenger told the driver to flee.”

According to footage obtained by the Herald, the driver drove off.

 “The vehicle made contact with (Cooper) who discharged a single round from a duty weapon,” according to police. “The driver fled onto Route 10 north and was last seen near Niantic Avenue. The officer was transported by rescue to Kent County Hospital and treated for injuries sustained in the incident.”

Cooper has since been released from the hospital.

On the morning of Friday, June 21, the Cranston Herald received a copy of the body-worn camera footage from the incident, and a request for an update on the case was sent to Patalano.

“Hey, shut the car off. Shut the car off,” Cooper shouted to the driver, as heard in the video footage. “Get out of the car.”

“What is this about?” The driver shouts back at Cooper. “Mam, get away from my car.”

The driver swore at the officer. The woman in the passenger seat told him to “drive, drive.”

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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