An off-duty police officer from Albany shot and killed a man in Utica early this morning during a robbery attempt while the officer was visiting a prostitute, according to Utica Police Chief Mark Williams.
The officer will not be charged with murder, authorities said, but he will be charged with hiring a prostitute.
The officer, 34-year-old Christofer Kitto, of Albany, came to Utica to pay for sex with a woman who advertised on the internet, the chief explained. Kitto brought $3,000 cash with him. They met at the woman's residence, 1303 Lincoln Ave.
While at the residence, the chief said Kitto was attacked by 35-year-old Shatelle Hooks, of Syracuse. Police said Hooks was armed with a knife and was attempting to rob Kitto.
"(Hooks) was in the house waiting for him," Williams said.
Kitto drew a weapon and shot Hooks several times, police said. Utica officers were dispatched to the residence at 5 a.m. and found Hooks, who was rushed to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica. Hooks was pronounced dead at the hospital.
"It appears to be a justifiable shooting," Williams stated. "Based on the evidence we have."
Police said Kitto will not be charged, at this time, in the shooting death of Hooks. Kitto will be charged with patronizing a prostitute, a misdemeanor, police said.
Williams said the police are investigating to see if the woman was "working in conjunction" with Hooks and used the prostitution to stage an ambush robbery.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Division at 315-223-3510.