Providence Police arrest two suspects in overnight chase
Two Providence men are facing charges after a police pursuit that started in Providence ended in Fall River and included an officer involved shooting.
Police say around 1am Saturday, a Providence officer on Cranston Street noticed a Jeep Wrangler with Missouri plates that had been reported stolen on October 2,2017.
That vehicle was being sought in connection with a shooting on Friendship Street in Providence that occurred Saturday October 7, 2017.
Officers pursued the Jeep until it ended up turning onto Redwing Street, which is a dead end.
"I heard the screeching of tires of the truck and the cop fired two shots at the vehicle, I didn't see but I heard them, it was chaos after that," said Scott Jones, who lives on Redwing Street.
"Officers exited their cruisers, the vehicle tried to run over one of our officers, then an officer fired into that vehicle," said Commander Thomas Verdi of the Providence Police department.
"We later found out the suspect, driver suspect, was hit once in the left forearm area, once in the left side, the vehicle then fled again," said Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh Clements.
Police then pursued the vehicle again through the streets of Providence and followed the suspects when they got onto I-195 East.
"Very high speeds, maybe up to 100 miles per hour; the suspects’ vehicle is going down all four lanes several times, into the breakdown lane, then going back into the high speed lane," said Col. Clements.
The suspects were finally stopped on Stafford Road in Fall River.
The driver is identified as Dyewayne Traynum, 38, who was treated and released from Rhode Island hospital and subsequently charged by Providence police with felony assault and other charges.
Traynum is currently being held at the ACI.
His passenger, 53 year old Dwayne Roderick, was arrested after a struggle with police and was charged by Fall River police with possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Traynum and Roderick are both known to police with lengthy criminal records.
While the two are part of the Friendship Street shooting investigation because they were in the stolen Jeep, at this point they are not being called suspects in that case, according to Col. Clements.
The officer who fired his weapon and injured Traynum is 33 year old Sean Lafferty, who’s been with the Providence Police for seven years, and is currently a member of the department’s Violent Crime Task Force.
As is standard, Lafferty is on administrative duty pending an investigation, but Col. Clements believes his actions were justified.
"It's all reaction and training at that critical moment and he reacted properly," he said.