No charges for police detective involved in Albany shooting

December 14, 2018 06:12 PM

ALBANY - There will be no charges for an Albany police detective involved in a shooting.

NewsChannel 13 has been following the case of Ellazar Williams since August. He was shot near Elk Street by Detective James Olsen and is now paralyzed.

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Albany County District Attorney David Soares says the grand jury found the use of force was justified.

This is just the first part of this trial. They say there is going to be a second part, where they will look at menacing charges that Ellazar Williams faces. He was shot in the shoulder on August 20.

Surveillance video from that afternoon shows Williams walking around with some friends. Eventually, they get into an altercation in front of a convenience store. Police were called.

The caller told police they believed Williams was holding a gun. In actuality, video appears to show he was holding his right hip, appearing to protect it and walk in a certain way that held it away from his leg.

Ultimately, Williams and two other friends run away from police. He ends up behind an Elk Street school, where there is some surveillance video of Detective Olsen shooting Williams.

The grand jury in this case says the use of force was justified.

There are still some questions about the different accounts from that day. Initially, Albany police said Williams charged towards Detective Olsen. Then, another report said he had tripped, fallen, dropped the knife and was going to pick it back up when he was shot.

Those questions still remain unanswered, because the security camera footage only picked up a fraction of the scene.

NewsChannel 13 continues following this story. We will have updates as we get them on and our newscasts.


WNYT Staff

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