Officer identified in deadly police-involved shooting
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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - Schenectady Police have identified the officer and suspect involved in a shooting at 3290 Balltown Road Thursday morning in which the male suspect was shot dead.
Authorities say they were called to the home by maintenance workers to investigate a domestic dispute between two men heard in the building around 9:20 a.m.
Police say the two men lived in the apartment together and were in a domestic partnership.
When officers arrived on scene, they discovered the suspect, 40-year-old Julio Colon, was wielding a knife and had stabbed the other male, whose identity has not been released. Officers had to force their way through the front door of the home and then through the apartment door.
Officers asked Colon to put the knife down, but they say he would not comply. It was when Colon again lunged at the injured victim with a knife that police say the officer, Sgt. Darryl Mallard, first shot the suspect once in the chest.
Police say Colon then went after the Sgt. Mallard with the knife, and was shot twice more. All three shots were to the chest.
The victim was taken to Ellis Hospital and is said to be in critical condition at this time. He will not be identified since he is a victim of domestic assault.
Lt. Mark McCracken of Schenectady Police say it appears Sgt. Mallard acted well within his rights, saying he was threatened and responded accordingly.
"You can use deadly physical force if you're in a situation where you have valid reason to believe that someone is about to be subjected to the use of deadly physical force, which most obviously yourself as a police officer the same rules apply. Those conditions were there," said the city's Public Safety Commissioner, Wayne Bennett.
Sgt. Mallard has been employed by the Schenectady Police Department since July 2003 and has been a Sergeant since September 2009. He is currently assigned to "Day Tour."