Tensions remain high in Troy after police-involved shooting

August 16, 2017 07:08 PM

TROY – Tensions remain high after police shot 22-year-old Dahmeek McDonald on 8th Street in Troy Tuesday.

Police say they had been looking for McDonald. He was shot while in a car.

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With some members of the community voicing anger and outrage, the police chief addressed the tension in the city.

Cellphone video shows police arresting McDonald as people nearby yell out.

The police chief gave more details on Wednesday about this police-involved shooting, but not about exactly what led up to the gunfire.

Police say McDonald was wanted by parole, that he was on parole for drug sales and had a history of weapons possession.

Officials say Officers Jerrod Iler and another officer spotted the vehicle.  Another patrol car with two officers were there as backup.

"Officer Iler was notified by NYS Division of Parole at the start of his shift of a partial plate and the type of vehicle that Mr. McDonald may be in and as I said, the vehicle was located on 8th Street," noted Tedesco.

Chief Tedesco says what happened next is under investigation. The result was that Officer Iler fired. Investigators say McDonald was hit twice in the car -- once in the shoulder and grazed on the head. He is expected to recover fully.

Police would not say if McDonald had any kind of weapon.

The outcry was immediate after police shot McDonald. People were angry in the streets. Police brought out riot gear.

"You have problems with the law doesn't mean you deserve to die. They have to do their job the way they're supposed to do their job," asserted Mallette Cooper, McDonald’s aunt, speaking on Tuesday night.

Chief Tedesco says Troy Police and the Rensselaer County District Attorney's office will investigate. He’s asking the public to give them some time with the investigation.

"I would ask that they be patient. We're certainly trying to be as transparent as possible as the events unfold and we will keep the public informed as we come upon any new information and we certainly would appreciate their cooperation in the investigation," assured Tedesco.

The chief says Officer Iler has been with the department for about five years and that his record has been exemplary.


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