Shooting incident in DA’s hands

On Wednesday afternoon, the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office received confirmation from the New York State Attorney General’s Office that the DA could move forward with its investigation into the 76 Liberty St. shooting which took place in Fredonia Monday afternoon.

According to County DA Patrick Swanson, executive order 147, places the investigation into the DA’s hands.

“We are continuing forward with aid from the state police and sheriff’s office,” Swanson told the OBSERVER Wednesday. “It’ll take a little bit of time, but information will be released as soon as it’s able.”

At this point and time, Swanson did affirm that the family of the deceased has been notified. However, the name is still being withheld as the family was away at the time and police are awaiting their return before moving forward with public identification. The name of the officer involved has also not yet been released.

As investigation continues, evidence is being questioned.

According to an article published in the OBSERVER on Sept. 25, 2016 titled “Fredonia OKs server, body camera equipment” the Fredonia Village Board “unanimously accepted a quotation from DFT Communications of Fredonia for a Dell Poweredge T430 tower server priced at $11,381, as well as a storage unit and labor for the implementation of police body cameras at a cost of $7,741.”

When questioned, both Swanson as well as Fredonia Police Chief Brad Meyers, could not say whether or not the officer involved was wearing a camera.

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