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Family member of Schenectady shooting victim arrested

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Authorities on the scene of the shooting (Marty Miller) Authorities on the scene of the shooting (Marty Miller)

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (WTEN) -- Schenectady police say a 32-year-old man was killed Friday during an officer-involved shooting around 4:30 p.m. on State Street, near its intersection with Grove Place.

During a press conference hours later police identified that man as Luis Rivera, of Schenectady, who they said had a lengthy criminal record.

According to details revealed the press conference, the incident began when numerous 911 calls were placed that reported a man in the area with a gun. That man was Rivera.

Police responded to the scene and attempted to arrest Rivera once they could tell he was armed. Rivera then apparently resisted and began to run away. Three city officers opened fire on Rivera when they say he reached for his gun. Those officers fired a total of 14 shots, killing him.

It is unknown how many bullets struck Rivera.

Public Safety Commissioner Wayne Bennett said the officers involved will not face any disciplinary action, but are on administrative leave until they feel ready to return to work. He called the shooting, "a terrible tragedy, but within policy."

Police say Rivera has a lengthy criminal record, and was no stranger to Schenectady police.

An autopsy on Rivera was completed on Saturday but results will be held as evidence and not released.

A family member of Rivera , Iris Vazquez,  was arrested Saturday after repeatedly passing the crime scene tape.

Officers say Vazques became belligerent with officers in an attempt to establish a memorial for Rivera.

She was charged with Obstructing Governmental Administration, a Misdemeanor, and Disorderly Conduct.


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