Man dies in police-involved shooting in Albany

June 23, 2018 06:33 PM

ALBANY - Tragedy struck an Albany neighborhood many residents say is normally quiet.

Albany Police say two officers responded to a home on Partridge Street for a domestic incident. But in just a matter of minutes, the officers ended up having to use deadly force.

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"I can say with a high degree of certainty that the actions of the officer saved that woman's life last night,” said acting Albany Police Chief Robert Sears.

Albany Police say at around 11:30 p.m. Friday officers Elston Mackey and Derrick Ellis responded to 61 Partridge Street for reports of a person with a knife.

"The officers could see through the window that a woman was down on the stairs bleeding from the head, face and neck area,” Sears said.

Police say that 52-year-old woman was 20-year-old Schuyler Lake's mother. The officers tried to help her, but were having trouble getting through the locked door.

“When the officer tried to kick his way through the door he could not break through,” Sears said. “He tried to use his baton to break through the window, but the glass was not coming out in big enough pieces where he could actually get in. He was trying to open the door with the lock and it was during this time period he was struggling with the glass, the suspect came down the stairs and the encounter happened."

Officers told Lake through broken glass to drop the knife. They say he wouldn't listen and he began to stab his mother again.

“At this time Officer Elston Mackey discharged his duty weapon and stopped Lake from stabbing the woman,” Sears said.

Lake was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers then searched the house and found Lake's 55-year-old uncle upstairs with stab wounds to the abdomen.

“For two officers, each with two years on the job, to have executed their job in the manner in which they did is something that all of the residents in Albany should commend them for and be very proud of,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan.

Albany Police say the officers were wearing body cameras. They say the video is not being released at this time.

Officers Mackey and Ellis have been placed on administrative leave as the investigation into the incident continues.

“These officers didn't know exactly what they were getting into, but they responded in a professional manner. They were ready to act and within seconds were on point,” Sears said.

Police say they're still working to figure out a motive for the stabbings. Both victims were taken to Albany Medical Center where they are in critical, but stable condition.

Albany police discuss officer-involved shooting


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