Po­lice re­lease de­tails of fa­tal shoot­ing by N.Y. po­lice of­fi­cer

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

SYRA­CUSE >> An ex-con­vict who served prison time for weapon pos­ses­sion was shot and killed by a po­lice of­fi­cer he fired at the of­fi­cer dur­ing a traf­fic stop near Syra­cuse Univer­sity, au­thor­i­ties said Mon­day.

City of Syra­cuse Po­lice Chief Frank Fowler said the of­fi­cer had pulled over a car late Sun­day night be­cause the ve­hi­cle’s tail lights weren’t on. While speak­ing to the man be­hind the wheel, the of­fi­cer no­ticed the han­dle of a hand­gun in­side the car and started to back away, telling the driver to show his hands, Fowler said.

The man then got out of the car and fired sev­eral times at the of­fi­cer, who re­turned fire, hit­ting the man at least once, the po­lice chief said.

Au­thor­i­ties said of­fi­cers at the scene be­gan first aid treat­ment un­til an am­bu­lance ar­rived. The man was taken to Up­state Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal, where he died a short time later.

The of­fi­cer wasn’t in­jured.

Fowler said he couldn’t say yet how many shots were fired dur­ing the en­counter, but added that the time be­tween the traf­fic stop and the open­ing shot was less than two min­utes.

“It hap­pened just that quick,” he said.

Dur­ing a news con­fer­ence Mon­day Fowler iden­ti­fied the gun­man was Deric Brown, 41, of Syra­cuse. Fowler said Brown had a prior con­vic­tion for weapons pos­ses­sion. State records show Brown went to prison twice af­ter weapon pos­ses­sion con­vic­tions, the most re­cent sen­tence end­ing when he was re­leased in 2009.

The of­fi­cer who shot Brown has been placed on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave as per the depart­ment’s protocol for any of­fi­cer in­volved in an on-duty shoot­ing, Fowler said. The of­fi­cer wasn’t wear­ing a body cam­era and his car wasn’t equipped with a dash­board video cam­era, the po­lice chief said.

Of­fi­cials said a weapon was re­cov­ered at the scene of the shoot­ing, lo­cated four blocks north of the Syra­cuse Univer­sity cam­pus in a neigh­bor­hood where many stu­dents live.

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