Troy parolee charged with shooting Albany victim in head

Daquan Arrington Daquan Arrington | Photo: Albany Police Department.

WNYT Staff
Updated: October 16, 2019 11:54 PM
Created: October 16, 2019 12:09 PM

TROY - A Troy man accused of shooting a 19-year-old in the head in Albany last week is in jail. He was taken into custody after several police agencies executed search warrants near RPI's campus Tuesday night.

Daquan Arrington, 19, faces attempted murder and weapons charges.


RPI students said there was a lot of confusion about what was happening on Tuesday night. Though the school sent several alerts to students and staff.

"I didn't know what was happening so with all the confusion and miscommunication it was kind of unsettling," junior Ryan Cole said.

The first alert, which came just before 9 p.m., seems to be related to a different situation in which a white man in his 60s forcibly touched a student on Oct. 14. The second alert, which did relate to the police activity, didn't come until after Arrington was taken into custody after 10 p.m. Though that alert detailed a traffic stop and short foot pursuit.

Students were still not clear on what happened on Wednesday morning.

"People were kind of freaking out saying he had a gun and stuff like that and then later on in the night there was an RPI alert sent out that was a traffic stop. We were kind of wondering how a traffic stop led to the SWAT team holding someone down outside of one of our class buildings," junior Ryan Cole said Wednesday.

APD spokesman Steve Smith said they took Arrington into custody in the area of 15th Street and Bouton Street. Smith said they also found a firearm, though it was not in Arrington's possession during his arrest.

"Right now it's still an ongoing investigation. He has not been charged with possessing that weapon. He's been charged in connection with the shooting that occurred Friday," Smith said.

Sophomore Lawrence Luo was in a nearby building when this was all taking place.

"I finished my exam over in the DCC and when I was coming out I saw a bunch of people and the entire police blockade," Luo said. "It was kind of jarring coming out of the exam and just seeing that but it was pretty under control as far as I could tell, so I just kept on walking."

Cole said he would've appreciated a more timely notification.

"Just communicate, be open. You know that's really all we could ask for. Do you know when things like this happen you just want to be as informed as possible," Cole said.

NewsChannel 13 reached out to RPI for comment, they deferred to Troy Police, who didn't respond to a request for comment.

Smith said they have seen more and more teens getting involved in violence recently. He said it's something Albany Police are addressing through a number of community programs.

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