The elderly man inolved in an officer-involved shooting on the city’s south side has died
According to Police Chief Kenton Buckner, authorities responded to the scene of what was a medical call around 10:05 a.m. at the 300 block of Calthrop Avenue.
Once there, officers encountered a 74-year-old man armed with a gun. At one point, he raised the weapon in “what we believed to be a threatening manner,” Buckner said. The subject was struck several times and immediately provided medical attention.
Though his department has been under scrutiny -- Chief Buckner says it's part of the life of a public servant.
"I'm very protective of our officers - even when we have areas and oppurtunities for improvement. They deal with a lot it's very important to keep that in mind."
Neighbors say violence in the community is getting out of control.
"Now somebody's grandfather." said Syracuse Resident Euhura Grainger. "We gotta do better as a community we gotta stop this violence."
"If the police officers knew us and and they knew me." another resident said. "They wouldn't have shot him. That was wrong for that they did."
The subject was later identified as DeWayne Watkins from Syracuse. He was taken to Upstate Hospital by ambulance where he was later pronounced dead.
No one else was injured at the scene.
As per police protocol in an officer-involved shooting, the officer involved has been placed on paid administrative leave as the specifics of the incident are investigated.