Troy police investigate officer-involved shooting

August 16, 2017 11:58 AM

TROY - Troy police are investigating what led to the shooting of 22-year-old Dahmeek McDonald by police Tuesday evening.

Police held two press conferences – one late Tuesday evening and another one on Wednesday morning, where Chief John Tedesco described what happened.

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Witnesses reported McDonald was shot in the head while in his car by a Troy police officer. Chief Tedesco clarified Wednesday morning that McDonald was shot once in the shoulder and grazed once on the head, saying the original information where police said he was shot in twice in the torso was incorrect.

McDonald was taken to a local hospital, where he's expected to make a full recovery.

"Troy police officers stopped a vehicle that had two passengers in it on 8th Street, just south of the intersection with Rensselaer Street. One of the subjects, identified as Dahmeek McDonald, 22 years of age, was wanted by New York State Parole as an absconder. During the course of the investigation, a series of untold events took place, which resulted in Mr. McDonald being shot twice."

Tedesco said that McDonald’s parole stems back to drug sales. He also said McDonald has a history of weapons possession.

Witnesses say McDonald was going into seizures as he lay on the ground in handcuffs, and it was at least 15 minutes to bring him to the hospital.

NewsChannel 13 spoke to McDonald's uncle, as well as his aunt, who had this to say;

"I don't know what happened to Dahmeek. All I know is that he didn't have a gun, and they shot him through a window. That's what I'm hearing."

 "We haven't seen Mayor Patrick. We haven't seen a councilman. We haven't seen anybody from the city council," says Joyce Mosley, who lives nearby. "We haven't seen anyone up here but police officers, and the people from this neighborhood. We matter just as much as the people down that way matter, just as much as the people this side matter. We matter too. This is our neighborhood. We take care of our neighborhood. And when they come in here shooting ours, we are gonna stand up for ours, and we would like the city of Troy, where we are paying our taxes to, to stand up for us too."

More than a dozen Troy police officers in riot gear were still stationed near the scene hours after the shooting, trying to calm a large crowd that formed. Chief Tedesco added officers are doing their best to keep people calm and informed, especially after false information was reported.

"We're doing our best to get as much information to the community as we can. We know there's been a lot of false reports tonight, such as the victim had died, which obviously is not true. We understand how they feel but we think by quelling the rumor mill, it'll put a lot of dissension to rest. But we will be out there through the night, through the course of the investigation. We're working with some community leaders. At this point, a lot of the excitement has quelled, and we hope that it continues to disappear."

Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove walked through the scene. Chief Tedesco says Abelove, along with the Troy Police Department will be handling the investigation.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave. Chief Tedesco says this is not a disciplinary measure, but department policy after an officer discharges a weapon while on duty. He said the officer that fired the shot has an "exemplary" record and has been with the police department for five years.


WNYT Staff

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