Man who shot two dead is killed by Rhode Island police

A massive response by police and rescue crews at the scene of a deadly police shooting of Johnston triple-shooting suspect James Harrison, 52 on Plainfield Pike on the Cranston – Johnston line. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) — A suspect shot and killed two people in Johnston, Rhode Island, before fleeing the scene and being shot and killed by police, authorities said.

One victim was found in the suspect’s home in Johnston and another was found in a neighbor’s home at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said. They said a domestic and neighborhood dispute sparked the killings, but didn’t release the victims’ names.

Cranston Police Chief Michael Winquist told reporters James Harrison of Johnston fled in a vehicle and was spotted at about 9:30 a.m. by Cranston police.

Harrison then drove the wrong way the Plainfield Pike in Cranston during a pursuit, swerved at several police vehicles and struck one, Winquist said. The driver then jumped the median and struck a rock, disabling his vehicle.

Police shot Harrison when he got out the vehicle brandishing a gun at officers. No police were injured.

The state attorney general’s office is investigating law enforcement’s use of deadly force, which is standard protocol, an office spokesperson said.

Johnston shooting suspect James Harrison’s car is seen just off Plainfield Pike, his body was covered with a sheet nearby, following a deadly confrontation with police May 24, 2023. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News
A home on Legian Court in Johnston where police said three people were shot by James Harrison, 52, two of the fatally May 24, 2023, is ringed with police crime scene tape. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News
Cranston Police Chief Michael Winquist, aided by fellow police chiefs briefs reporters about the triple-shooting followed by the police shooting of suspect James Harrison May 24, 2023. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

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