Attorney general's office declines to take Lee shooting case


TOWN OF LEE — The state Attorney General’s Office has decided not to take on the investigation into the trooper-involved shooting death of Tyler R. Johnson.

District Attorney Scott D. McNamara announced this morning that the AG’s Office has decided they do not have jurisdiction in the April 16 shooting case. McNamara said his office will therefore maintain jurisdiction and will continue with their full investigation.

According to a 2015 executive order from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the AG’s Office will take jurisdiction and investigate any fatal incident involving a police officer and an unarmed civilian. They were notified of the shooting shortly after it occurred.

Authorities said Trooper Robert Annarino responded to Johnson’s Golly Road residence for a reported unconscious male and a possible drug overdose. Troopers said Johnson lunged at Annarino with a knife, and Annarino shot Johnson multiple times with his duty weapon, killing him.


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