Albany police: Use of force justified in officer-involved shooting

September 06, 2018 06:13 PM

Albany police are releasing their findings of an investigation into an officer-involved shooting August 20. They say their investigation has found the use of force was justified.

It's a story NewsChannel 13 has been following since August 20.


Ellazar Williams, 19, was shot by police on Elk Street, after police say he came at them with a knife.

On August 28, Williams was charged with menacing a police officer and criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use it.

Police say during a pursuit, Williams tripped, fell and dropped the knife. A detective says while Williams was rearming himself, he felt threatened and fired two shots in self-defense while he was standing about 10 feet away.

The police presentation to media included a timetable of events along with store surveillance photographs and video along with audio 911 tapes and a GPS map that indicated Williams and two others were asked to leave a Central Avenue convenience store, which they did.

When they returned a short time later, a store employee called 911 and reported someone they thought had a gun.

Three detectives in the vicinity heard the call and spotted someone who fit the description.

All three suspects ran away. That's when one detective chased Williams and cordoned him inside a fenced-in parking lot of a nearby school.

Williams is still at Albany Medical Center with a bullet lodged in his spine. He is paralyzed from the waist down.


Dan Levy & WNYT Staff

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