Albany police officer cleared of fatally shooting man stabbing his mother

ALBANY, N.Y. (WRGB) -- A Grand Jury decided Friday that an Albany police officer was justified in shooting a suspect during a domestic violence call back in June.

The Albany County District Attorney used body camera footage from that night to show how the decision was made.

Much of the footage was graphic and gritty, showing the moments leading up to the death of Schuyler Lake, 20, who was shot by Officer Elston Mackey after Lake stabbed his mother and his uncle nearly to death.

Mackey’s body camera footage shows him finding Lake's mother as the bottom of the stairs, yelling to Lake to drop his knife, and then firing 15 shots in five seconds at Lake, walking down the stairs.

"The Grand Jury has determined that the actions by the officer here was justified," said Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

Soares spoke on Friday shortly after the grand jury decision was announced.

"In cases like this,” Soares said, “it's important to take your time and gather as much information as possible."

Soares says the body camera footage was of great help in this investigation. He says if Mackey had not shot, things could have been very different.

"You have two people who would not be with us today," Soares said.

Schuyler Lake's mother and uncle survived, but they’re still recovering from serious stab wounds sustained that night.

"Officer Mackey is a hero in the eyes of certain members of this organization,” Soares said.

Soares went on to say the man in the downstairs apartment, whose voice could be heard in the 9-1-1 call, should also be commended for stepping in.

Albany police say they agree with the decision, and Officer Elston Mackey remains on administrative duties right now until further notice.

Watch body cam footage of the incident below. Viewer discretion is advised.

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