Home invasion in Cohoes leaves one dead

August 05, 2018 06:23 PM

COHOES - A Cohoes resident shot and killed a man Sunday morning who he says was trying to enter his home.

The 200 block of Remsen Street in Cohoes, was taped off, and cluttered with police cars and police activity for much of the day Sunday.

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It's not the kind of scenery or comfort that Ken Zeoli has gotten used to in his neighborhood.

“It's quiet, a quiet home town. That's the feeling when I moved here, it stayed like that and this doesn't give that feeling at all,” Zeoli said.

It's likely many of his neighbors feel the same way, especially the ones who live in the second floor apartment of this three-story brick building, in the middle of the block, at the south end of Remsen Street.

Someone tried to enter the apartment overnight, and when he did, the tenant was waiting, with a gun, reportedly with other family members, including children, sound asleep, and to protect his castle, he pulled the trigger, police said.

“My daughter just called me. She wants me to move out,” Shirley Thibodeau said.

Shirley Thibodeau lives next door. She's not surprised by what happened because a similar thing happened to her, although she says it involved three men.

“This was a while back and I got scared. They came up, knocked on the door, and wanted to know if this person lived here. I said no they don't live here, and they just pushed through the door. I went upstairs and I got scared,” Thibodeau said.

But Ken Zeoli says he isn't scared, mostly because he kind of thinks home invasions are usually targeted, and people who mind their own business will be ok.

“I believe the shooter knew the victims. I believe it is an isolated incident. I don't think people have to worry,” Zeoli said.

That's what police are saying, that no one needs to worry, even though they said it even before detectives had interviewed all the witnesses and before forensic specialists had collected all the evidence.

That’s why Shirley Thibodeau will remain skeptical.

“It's not the same street anymore,” Thibodeau said.

And it's why Ken Zeoli will remain vigilant.

“Being here and living on this block, not knowing and watching, everyone watches their surroundings and if you don't you should,” Zeoli said.

Just like any other deadly confrontation, there are always at least two versions of what really happened. And in this case, like any other, only one version of the story can ever be told.


Dan Levy

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