Mass Sunday honors officer shot five years ago today

Today marks the five-year anniversary of the night Utica Police Officer Thomas M. Lindsey was shot and killed on the streets of Cornhill.

To honor Lindsey, he will be remembered at the Sunday morning Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes on Genesee Street, Utica. The Mass will start at 11:15 a.m. and is expected to include readings from several members of the Utica Police Department. All are invited to attend.

At about 8 p.m. on April 12, 2007, Lindsey had pulled over a driver on Nielson Street and was standing at the driver’s side window when he was shot in the head by Wesley Molina-Cirino. Several weeks passed before Molina-Cirino was found and taken into custody, and he was later tried and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The five-year anniversary comes only one day after another cop-killer, Christian M. Patterson, was also sentenced to life in prison without parole. Patterson shot and killed Oneida County Sheriff’s Deputy Kurt B. Wyman on June 7, and was sentenced to prison on Wednesday.