An off-duty deputy was shot multiple times in upstate New York by officers responding to a shootout in Saratoga Springs.
The injured deputy, who was from the Rutland County Sheriff’s Office in Vermont, was in a fight with an opposing group that led to multiple shots being fired by him and the group.
That’s when members of the Saratoga Springs Police arrived on the scene.
The deputy was told multiple times to disarm before officers opened fire, though he may have been in a state of shock.
According to The Daily Gazette, SSPD’s higher ups defended their actions, which left the deputy with ten gunshot wounds.
“By my count, there are at least eight separate, clear, unequivocal commands to put the gun down and get on the ground,” Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner James Montagnino said at the press conference. “They are all ignored.”
The act “neutralized a continuing threat,” city Mayor Ron Kim added.
Minutes prior to the shooting, the out-of-town deputy had been slammed into a car and pushed to the ground by a gang of at least three people.
The deputy responded by drawing his firearm which led to the initial shootout with an armed member of the group that was assaulting him.
The wounded lawman has so far managed to survive his injuries, though the details of his wounds are not being released at this time.
The incident is being investigated by the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police.
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