Albany police probe officer-involved shooting


ALBANY, N.Y. (WRGB) - Albany Police have released the name of a 19-year-old man who was shot by police Monday afternoon.

Police said that Ellazar Williams, 19, of Binghamton is in critical but stable condition at Albany Medical Center after he was shot by police Monday behind West Hill Middle School on Elk Street.

Police said they received a call Monday about a fight and a man with a gun on the 200 block of Central Avenue.

Police said that three detectives who were nearby responded. On Tuesday, police said those detectives were James Olsen, Lawrence Heid and Christopher Cornell.

When the detectives arrived police said that they tried to stop Williams because he matched the reported description of a man with a gun, but he ran. Police said that at some point shots were fired, and Williams was hit.

Albany Police said that a knife was found afterward, but no gun.

On Tuesday CBS6 asked where Williams was hit and how many times. Police said that is under investigation, so is what happened in the moments leading up to the shooting.

Dr. Alice Green, from the Center for Law and Justice, said community members have been calling her looking for answers. She said that conflicting information is circulating among residents.

“I think the department needs to know that that kind of information is circulating and that it's causing some concerns in the community and I understand that the police department is investigating it so they might not have many answers to give, but I think the community is looking for somebody to tell them a little bit more,” said Dr. Green, the Executive Director of the Center for Law and Justice.

Acting Police Chief Michael Basile said Monday that while patrol officers have body cameras, detectives don't yet. Therefore, there won't be body camera video to use in this investigation. Chief Basile said there are a number of cameras on the school that police will try to use in their investigation.

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