Police ID parole officer who died following Canandaigua shooting

October 05, 2017 06:03 PM

A news conference on Thursday answered few questions about an office-involved shooting in Canandaigua on Wednesday that left an off-duty parole officer dead.

Wednesday's shooting happened after officers were called to the Pinnacle North Apartments on North Shore Boulevard around 4:15 p.m.

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We've learned the woman who was killed was a New York State parole officer. Her name was Sandra Guardiola. Investigators say she was 48 years old and was transferred to our area from New York City about one year ago.

The Canandaigua police officer who was called to go to her apartment to check on her welfare is on paid administrative leave until the investigation is over. Wednesday night, the Canandaigua police chief said there was gunfire between one of his officers and a person inside the apartment.

We're told, just after 4 p.m. Wednesday, a New York State parole officer asked the apartment management to check on another parole officer who lived at the apartment building. When the management couldn't reach the officer, they called police.

A Canandaigua police officer got to the apartment and at 4:29 p.m. the officer went into the apartment.

"At about 4:31p.m., the Canandaigua city police officer radioed to 911 that shots were fired," said Chief Stephen Hedworth.

The Canandaigua police chief and the major for the state police troop would not say because of the investigation.

Brean: "I'm sensitive to the investigation but our viewers want to understand why something so unusual would happen. Can you help them understand that?"
Major Rick Allen, NYSP: "The problem is, to be able to give you many facts at this point, it's hard for us because we're still putting those facts together. We're doing a timeline and a background where's she's been, what's she's done over the last several days. Are there any things out of the ordinary that we need to be concerned about?"
Brean: "You can tell us though that the off-duty parole officer fired her weapon at the police officer first and then the Canandaigua police officer returned fire. Is that fair to say?"
Jim Ritts, First Assistant DA: "I don't believe at this point we're in a position where the investigation is complete enough to say that."

Brean: "Chief, was she the only person in the apartment?"
Chief Hedworth: "Again we're not going to get into the specifics of that. Who was in there and what happened inside the apartment."

Outside the apartment Wednesday night, the people who live there we're trying to deal with the fact that someone was killed inside their complex.

Scott: "I thought this was a very safe area for me to move to from Wisconsin and I'm still trying to figure out how to process all this information."

The Canandaigua police officer involved is a 15-year veteran of the department. The chief did not release his name.


Berkeley Brean

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