Albany cop involved in deadly Utica shooting resigns

May 14, 2019 05:53 PM

Albany Police Officer Christopher Kitto has resigned.

He's accused of shooting a man to death in Utica back in January - in what Utica police call a justifiable homicide.

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Police say Kitto was with a prostitute when 35-year-old Shatelle Hooks tried to rob him at knifepoint.

Kitto was charged with patronizing a prostitute, but pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a new charge – DWAI.

The Oneida County District Attorney says extensive surveillance video from Turning Stone Resort & Casino shows Kitto consuming excessive amounts of alcohol - and behaving as though he's drunk.

"We chose to have him plead to the DWAI. The reason why is because right now, there's a lot of talk in Albany about legalizing prostitution – and I do not want him to get a conviction that's ultimately going to be thrown out in another year or two if they decide to legalize prostitution in the state of New York," said Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara.

Kitto will pay a $500 fine and $255 court surcharge.

He will be paid out any accrued time, such as vacation.


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