An off-duty Vermont sheriff’s deputy was shot by police in upstate New York on Sunday after he exchanged fire with a group of men.
The shooting, which occurred around 3 a.m. Sunday, came after Saratoga Springs police responded to another shooting.
The deputy was shot multiple times by police, after he ignored the officers’ orders to drop his firearm, according to police and the mayor.
“By my count, there are at least eight separate, clear and unambiguous orders to lower your weapon and get on the ground,” Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner James Montagnino said at a news conference. “Everyone is ignored.”
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No Saratoga Springs officers were injured in the shooting, police said.
The previous shooting that involved the deputy and the group of men left two people injured. That shooting was sparked by an argument. A woman believed to be the deputy’s girlfriend suffered a scratch wound and a man involved in the altercation was also injured.
Three people had allegedly thrown the officer into a parked vehicle before pushing him to the ground. The officer then drew a gun and exchanged fire with a member of the group who also had a firearm.
Officers who were nearby heard the shots and rushed to the scene, where they saw the officer with a gun drawn.
The agent ignored multiple commands from the officers to put down his weapon and then proceeded to open fire. He suffered 10 gunshot wounds, but it is unclear how many times he was shot, as his injuries included entry and exit wounds.
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He was transported to a hospital and is in stable condition.
The officers fired their weapons 11 times, according to police.
State police are involved in the investigation.