Canandaigua shooting: Parole officer's service gun was fired in apartment

October 06, 2017 06:12 PM

Troopers say the parole officer's service handgun was recovered from an apartment in Canandaigua where a police officer shot and killed a parole officer.

During a news conference, investigators released more details on the officer-involved shooting Wednesday afternoon at the Pinnacle North Apartments on North Shore Boulevard.

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Troopers say Canandaigua police responded to the apartment for a welfare check around 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday for 48-year-old Sandy Guardiola -- a state parole officer.

Troopers say Guardiola was supposed to return to work Wednesday morning, after missing two to three weeks after being hurt in a car crash in the Southern Tier, but never showed up. After coworkers were unable to get ahold of her, they went to her apartment where management called police to gain entry to her apartment.

Troopers say Guardiola was alone in her apartment with a gun when police entered. Investigators say the officer made verbal contact with Guardiola before shots were fired.

At Friday's briefing, NYSP Major Rick Allen said at least one shot was fired from Guardiola's service handgun in the apartment. Trooper said Guardiola was shot by the Canandaigua police officer and died from her injuries later at Thompson Hospital.

Canandaigua Police Chief Stephen Hedworth says that officer, who police won't identify, is on paid leave while the investigation is underway.

At this time, troopers and prosecutors say the investigation is underway, and they are working to determine if the officer involved in the shooting followed proper protocol.

As for Guardiola's family, officials say they have been in contact with them about the case.

"They are grieving," Ontario County Assistant District Attorney Jim Ritts told reporters. "And everybody's grief is unique to them. They're coming to grips with and navigating the loss of their mother, their sister, their loved one."

At the same time, Chief Hedworth says the Canandaigua officer was shaken by the shooting.

"It's every officer's worst nightmare -- it's a taking of human life," Chief Hedworth says, adding police officers aren't immune to normal human emotion. "These are people who wear uniforms; they're no different than anyone else. They have all the same feelings, emotions, stresses that everybody else has."

"My heart goes out to him," chief adds. "My heart goes out to Sandy's family. I can't imagine what they're going through right now."

Chief Hedworth says the department will conduct its own internal review of the incident after the criminal investigation is completed.


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