An Ontario County teenager was killed Wednesday night after he allegedly attacked a State Trooper with a knife.
According to an initial investigation, the Trooper responded to a residence at 2283 State Route 64 in East Bloomfield at around 6:40 p.m. after the Department of Homeland Security received an anonymous tip that alleged that someone at the home was talking about killing someone. As the Trooper was interviewing a 17-year-old boy on the home’s side porch, the teen allegedly pulled a concealed knife and lunged toward the Trooper causing both to fall to the ground. As they both got to their feet, the teen, who still had the knife in his hand, charged at the Trooper who fatally shot him with his Division-issued firearm.
Pursuant to Executive Law Section 70-b, the New York State Attorney General’s Office is investigating the incident in conjunction with the New York State Police. The investigation is ongoing.
The New York State Attorney General’s Office released this statement Thursday afternoon:
“The New York Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI) has opened an investigation into the death of an individual who died on November 15, 2023 following an encounter with a member of the New York State Police (NYSP).
On the evening of November 15, a NYSP trooper responded to a residence on State Route 64 in East Bloomfield. When the trooper arrived, he encountered the individual at the residence and, once the individual came outside, the trooper engaged with him verbally. The individual then allegedly charged at the trooper with a knife and the trooper fired his weapon at the individual. The individual was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers recovered a knife at the scene.
Pursuant to New York State Executive Law Section 70-b, OSI assesses every incident reported to it where a police officer or a peace officer, including a corrections officer, may have caused the death of a person by an act or omission. Under the law, the officer may be on-duty or off-duty, and the decedent may be armed or unarmed. Also, the decedent may or may not be in custody or incarcerated. If OSI’s assessment indicates an officer may have caused the death, OSI proceeds to conduct a full investigation of the incident.
These are preliminary facts and subject to change.”