Albany cop on leave after deadly off-duty shooting in Utica

January 07, 2019 11:17 PM

UTICA, N.Y. - An Albany police officer is on paid administrative leave after shooting a Syracuse man in Utica early Monday morning.

Utica police said 34-year-old Christofer Kitto is the off-duty Albany officer involved in the shooting. They said the five year veteran fired several shots at 35-year-old Shatelle Hooks who was allegedly trying to rob him at knife-point.

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Utica police were called to the scene at 1303 Lincoln Avenue around 5 a.m. Monday. They said Kitto had been at Turning Stone Resort and Casino prior to the shooting. Utica police said Kitto had over $3,000 cash and other personal items on him.

Authorities said Kitto arranged to meet Hooks to solicit a prostitute. Utica police said the two got into an argument and Hooks pulled out a knife and tried to rob Kitto.

Kitto then took out his personal firearm and shot Hooks several times. Hooks was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Utica police said the shooting was justified, but they did charge Kitto with patronizing a prostitute.

Police said they are continuing to investigate the incident. Albany police said they are fully cooperating with that investigation and that Kitto has been placed on paid administrative leave in the meantime.

Albany police are also conducting an internal investigation into the shooting. Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to contact the Utica Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at (315) 223-3510.

Albany Police Officer Christofer Kitto has been placed on administrative leave today. Utica Police say he was involved in early morning fatal shooting at this house on Lincoln Ave. I’ll have the latest on @WNYT Live at 4

— Emily Burkhard (@EBurkhardWNYT) January 7, 2019


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