Police hold news conference on Canandaigua shooting

Police at Pinnacle North Photo: Jack Haley/Messenger Post. Police at Pinnacle North

October 06, 2017 03:23 PM

New York State Police are having a second news conference Friday at 3 p.m. regarding the death of NYS Parole Officer Sandra Guardiola. 

Officer Guardiola's autopsy was scheduled for Friday.

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Officer Guardiola died Wednesday after a Canandaigua Police Officer was dispatched to her apartment in the Pinnacle North apartment complex on the north shore of Canandaigua Lake. 

On Wednesday, Canandaigua Police Chief Stephen Hedworth told News10NBC that after his officer went into the apartment, "gun fire was exchanged between the officer and an individual in the apartment." 

Officer Guardiola was off-duty at the time. 

The Canandaigua Police officer is a 15 year veteran with the department. He is on paid leave until the investigation is over. Chief Hedworth did not reveal the officer's name. Because this is an officer-involved shooting case, New York State Police are handling the investigation. 

At a news conference Thursday, both Chief Hedworth and State Police Major Rick Allen would not answer our questions about how many gun shots were fired, who fired first, how many people were in the apartment at the time or whether Officer Guardiola died from a gunshot wound.

"It's hard for us because we're still putting those facts together," Major Allen said. 

Major Allen said police recovered a gun inside the apartment. 

The situation started Wednesday afternoon when an unnamed NYS Parole Officer called the Pinnacle North management office and asked management to check on another officer who lived in the apartment complex. According to police and a statement released by Pinnacle North, when management couldn't reach the officer they called for a police officer. 

At 4:22pm Wednesday, Chief Hedworth says his officer arrived at Pinnacle North. 

At 4:29pm, Chief Hedworth says his officer went inside the apartment and "made contact with the New York State Parole Officer."

"Attempts were made to contact (her) before we entered the apartment," Chief Hedworth said Thursday. 

At 4:31pm, Chief Hedworth says "the Canandaigua City Police Officer radioed to 911 that shots were fired and additional units immediately responded to the scene." 

Chief Hedworth says this is the first officer-involved shooting in his 17 years with the Canandaigua Police Department. 

State Police say Parole Officer Guardiola joined the NYS Division of Parole in May 2015. State Police say she was assigned to our area about a year ago. 

News10NBC asked the NYS State Department of Corrections, which oversees Parole, for a photograph of Officer Guardiola but the state said it did not have one.  


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