Grand jury clears officer in Albany officer-involved shooting case

Albany Officer cleared lake officer shooting

An Albany County grand jury cleared an Albany Police officer from any wrongdoing in a fatal June shooting.                                                                                    

Albany County District Attorney David Soares says on Friday morning a grand jury cleared Officer Elston Mackey of any wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Schuyler Lake.

Soares says body camera video gives a full view of what happened to the grand jury.

“Having video and body cams is very important. It enables us to be more effective in how we present our work. What we can share with you would capture the vast majority of what the grand jury is going to see,” Soares said.

The footage shows the moments Officer Mackey arrived on scene of a domestic violence call on Partridge Street in June.

“He was met by the neighbor who informed him that the person upstairs had a weapon and was hurting some people inside.”

Mackey was unable to open the door and was forced to break the glass giving him a view of the victim, Lake’s mother, who had been stabbed in the face.

“He was walking down the stairs to cause her further harm.”

This prompted Mackey to fire the shots that killed Lake.

“I shot him. He was stabbing her. Coming down the stairs.”

Soares applauds both Officer Mackey and the neighbor who made the original 911 call.

“I have a domestic violence going on upstairs. The guy has a knife there’s a woman bleeding. I need police here immediately,” according to a 911 call.

“If not for his call who knows what would have happened,” Soares said.

He says he hopes people do the right thing if they ever encounter this type of situation.

“If you hear something you really need to say something because you could be saving lives.”

At the time, then Acting Chief Robert Sears had already declared Mackey’s actions justified.

On Friday, Albany Police say they are pleased with the grand jury’s outcome and stand by that original statement.

Mackey remains on administrative duties at this time.

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