Woman reacts to brother's killing by police on I-95 ramp

Joseph Santos (Family photo)

The man and the woman who were shot by Providence police in a pickup truck on Interstate 95 had recently moved in together, according to loved ones who spoke to NBC 10 News.

Family members say the young couple -- both in their 30s -- were victims of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"He was a good person that was scared, and not the person trying to hurt people that they're trying to say he was," said Justine Santos, the sister of Joseph "Joey" Santos, the man shot and killed by police after the truck he was driving wouldn't stop.

She acknowledged that her brother has a criminal record. He had a suspended license and was driving an unregistered vehicle when he saw police attempt to pull him over.

"He was probably nervous that he was going to get pulled over and sent back to jail, so he didn't want to stop, which was the wrong decision on his part, which made it dangerous for other people," Santos said.

Santos said her brother was a father of two children: a 17-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter. Both of his parents recently passed away.

Santos said her brother was trying to straighten out his life when police took it away too soon.

"What they chose to do was use live ammunition -- in excess of 40 rounds -- to stop an almost completely stopped car," Santos said.

Santos said her brother shouldn't have put other people in danger, including his new girlfriend, Christine Demers.

Demers survived the shooting and is recovering at a hospital, according to a friend.

Santos said if it wasn't for Donald Morgan, who is accused of stealing a state police cruiser and fleeing in a white pickup truck, her family wouldn't be going through all of this.

"My brother was wrong for not stopping and they were incredibly wrong for using the amount of force to stop a man who was actually innocent and scared," she said.

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