Schenectady police fatally shoot man with pellet gun


SCHENECTADY (AP) — A 34-year-old man was fatally shot by two officers after he pointed what is believed to be a pellet gun at them while they investigated reports of a fight in his Schenectady apartment, police said Tuesday.

Chief Eric Clifford said officers were called to the apartment building around 8 a.m. Tuesday for a report of a man and woman fighting with music turned up loud. The building superintendent told police the man had pointed a gun at him when he tried to intervene.

The man, Michael Wallace, extended a gun at the officers from inside his apartment, Clifford said, and they opened fire. Wallace was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The woman in the apartment was unharmed.

Wallace’s gun is believed to be a BB or pellet gun that resembles a real handgun, but that had not been confirmed Tuesday afternoon because the gun had not been inspected by investigators yet, Clifford said.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave while state police investigate the incident, Clifford said. He said he has also spoken to the state attorney general’s office, which investigates police shootings involving unarmed people.

“I can tell you that I’ve seen body-worn camera and I’m comfortable with the action the officers took,” he said.


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