FIRST ON 13: Arrests made in connection with Schenectady homicide, victim identified

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Police were set up around 709 Crane Street in Schenectady. SWAT teams were ready to go into apartment number 3.

“Our negotiators were speaking with the individuals that we sought,” said Schenectady Police Detective Sergeant Bradley Carlton. “And they were able to get them to come out before the search warrant had to be executed with them inside.”

Fourteen hours after a homicide, 31-year-old Kevin Dingle and 54-year-old Jeffery Bashaw, both of Schenectady, were arrested.

“Interviews, surveillance, canvassing, evidence, processing crime scenes, there were a lot of things that we took into consideration like we always do in these cases, and putting all of that together is what helped us make those arrests last night so quickly,” said Carlton.

Police were called to 764 State Street Sunday just before 7am for shots fired.

They say they found 42-year-old Leroy Chisom on the second floor, dead with gunshot wounds.

Police would not talk about any possible motive, or what led them to the suspects on Crane Street.

“I would say that it is an isolated incident, and it was not a random act of violence.”

“Here in Schenectady, we are becoming a very wired community,” said Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford. “We’re a smart city. There’s lots of cameras, optical sensors, acoustical sensors. There’s a lot of technology being deployed. That definitely played a role in our ability to solve this crime.”

Dingle and Bashaw are being held in jail on charges including murder, criminal possession of a weapon, and tampering with physical evidence.