Suspect was carrying BB gun when Pawtucket officer shot him

Suspect was carrying BB gun when Pawtucket officer shot him

Officer Julianne Borsari steps forward to receive an Achievement of Excellence Award at a ceremony last May. She is congratulated by Public Safety Director Antonio Pires and Mayor Donald Grebien. Officials revealed Friday that Borsari is the officer who shot a suspect on Thursday evening.

PAWTUCKET – City officials say their initial review showed Pawtucket Police Officer Julianne Borsari acted appropriately when she shot and killed 24-year-old Dominique Silva after he twice pointed a gun at her on Webster Street just before 6 p.m. last Thursday evening.

Detective Sgt. Paul Brandley confirmed to The Breeze this week that the weapon Silva was carrying was a BB gun, which is considered a firearm. Police are still conducting their investigation into the incident, said Brandley.

Director of Administration Tony Pires told The Breeze for a story last Friday that he's "fairly confident," based on testimony of eyewitnesses and other information at the scene, that Borsari acted in a manner consistent with department protocols, but said investigators will make the final determination. A grand jury will also decide whether Borsari should be charged, said Pires.

Pires said the eyewitnesses to the incident included workers from National Grid.

Pawtucket detectives and members of the Rhode Island State Police and Office of the Attorney General continue to investigate the incident. Video showing the aftermath of the shooting, including officers undoing the man's jacket and rolling him on his side, was taken off social media sites last week. Officers requested a rescue after the shooting, according to a police report.

The police report states that the shooting happened after someone called police to report that a Cape Verdean man was holding a .38 revolver and issuing threats.

A news release from police last Friday states that Borsari was responding with other officers to the area of Kenyon Avenue to investigate a possible crime when she came upon Silva. She was in uniform as she approached to investigate, when Silva aimed a weapon at Borsari and fled on foot, states the release. Borsari then chased Silva and Silva again pointed his gun at her, said police, prompting Borsari to shoot him. Rescue personnel transported Silva to Rhode Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police are not saying how many shots were fired.

Detectives were on scene last Friday, the day after the shooting, using metal detectors as they conducted a search.

This is Pawtucket’s first officer-involved shooting since 2012.

Borsari won an Achievement of Excellence Award from the Pawtucket Police Department last year. She is now out on paid leave, as called for under department procedures.