Ex-Albany officer pleads guilty to DWAI in Utica


The now former Albany police officer who was involved in a fatal shooting in Utica has pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired and has resigned from the Albany Police Department.

Christofer Kitto, 34, pleaded guilty before Utica City Court Judge Ralph J. Eannace on Tuesday to one count of driving while ability impaired, according to court officials. Kitto was ordered to pay a $500 fine and a $250 surcharge, and his license was suspended for 90 days, officials stated.

Authorities said Kitto was also required to resign from the Albany Police Department, which he did the day before. A charge of patronizing a prostitute was dropped as part of his plea deal.

In the early morning hours of Jan. 7, Utica Police said Kitto met a woman at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona in order to have sex for money. Authorities said Kitto was intoxicated as the pair went to a residence on Lincoln Avenue in Utica.

Once at the residence, police said Shatelle Hooks, of Syracuse, came out of hiding and threatened Kitto with a knife, demanding property. Officer Kitto drew his personally-owned firearm and shot Hooks several times, killing him, police stated. 

Following an investigation, authorities ruled the shooting as “justified” self defense on Kitto’s part.


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