Schenectady police: Officer-involved shooting was justified

Dan Levy & WNYT Staff
Updated: January 10, 2020 07:42 PM
Created: January 10, 2020 12:33 PM

SCHENECTDAY - Schenectady Police Sergeant Adam Willets has been cleared of wrongdoing involving a shooting incident last November 1.


After the 10-year veteran officer spotted a stolen black sedan in the city's Hamilton Hill Neighborhood, Willets gave chase, until the driver pulled into a parking lot on Hulett Street. With his gun drawn, the driver backed up, and then sped past Willets, narrowly missing him. As the car passed, Willets fired off a single gunshot that pierced the driver's side window.

The incident was captured on Willet's dashboard camera. His body camera had was never switched on.

"This was a high stress and rapidly unfolding situation," said Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford, during a news conference Friday morning at police headquarters. "Based on the evidence, we conclude that Sergeant Willets reasonably believed that deadly physical force was necessary to defend himself."

Two teenagers were inside the stolen car. One of them, the driver, is charged with Criminal Possession of a Stolen Car. Because of his age, the matter is being dealt with in Family Court. The other teen has neither been identified nor apprehended.

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