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
Updated: September 06, 2018 06:13 PM
Created: September 06, 2018 01:27 PM
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