2 officers, suspect killed in shootout in Syracuse, N.Y. suburb, authorities say


Two officers and a suspect are dead after a shooting Sunday night in Liverpool, New York, a suburb of Syracuse, authorities said.

Syracuse Police Chief Joseph Cecile said at a news conference that around 7 p.m., two Syracuse officers “initiated a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle” that took off. Officers “lost sight of the vehicle” but were able to “track it to an address in Liverpool” using its number plate.

According to Cecile, shortly after 8 p.m., Syracuse officers and Onondaga County Sheriff's Office officers arrived at the address and were inspecting the suspect vehicle when they saw what they thought were firearms inside. Then, suddenly, shots rang out and “an exchange of gunfire” ensued.

Cecile said a Syracuse officer and a deputy, along with the suspect, were hit and taken to a hospital, where they were all pronounced dead. It was not known if anyone else was injured.

Cecile said the officer who was killed had been on the job for about three years. Onondaga County Sheriff Toby Shelley told reporters the slain deputy was “old” and “well-loved in his community … (He was) just a great guy.”

Cecile said, “We lost two heroes tonight.”

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said it was a “dark day” for his city, “our worst nightmare come true. Our thoughts right now are with the families of these two officers. Those heroes.” .

“Anytime something like this happens, people come together no matter where they're from,” Sheriff Shelley said, according to CBS Syracuse affiliate WTVH. “It's a challenge. I don't care if you've been on the job for 20 years or one, it's a challenge.”

Liverpool is one of five small suburban communities in the city of Salina, according to the Salina website.


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