Man dead after officer-involved shooting in Greece

April 05, 2018 12:07 PM

Police are investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting just blocks away from Greece Athena High School and Pine Brook Elementary. 

Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan says a man called 911 around 2 a.m. claiming he was going to kill his wife.


When the first officer arrived at the home on Betwood Lane, Chief Phelan says the man confronted the officer with a rifle. The officer told him to drop the gun, but instead, the man pointed it at the officer. That's when the officer shot and killed him, Chief Phelan says.

"He directed the male to drop the gun," Chief Phelan says. "The male refused to drop the gun and pointed the gun at the officer. The officer shot the male and killed him."

The man’s wife was asleep at the time of the shooting and had no idea what was going on, Chief Phelan says.

The officer, a two-year-veteran with the Greece Police Department, is physically unharmed, but emotionally this is a “life-changing event.”

"Our officers are very well trained," Chief Phelan says. "They're prepared for pretty much anything. But a man is dead. And nobody wants that."

The identities of the man killed and the officer involved have not been released. It's unclear at this time how many times the officer asked the man to put down his weapon and how many times the officer shot the man.

Chief Phelan says this is an active investigation. The officer involved, the man's wife, and witnesses will be interviewed.

The area of Betwood Lane and Northwood Drive will be closed as police investigate.

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