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Three Killed In Exchange Of Gunfire Near Syracuse, New York

Subway shooting in New York

On Sunday, a devastating exchange of gunfire at a home near Syracuse, New York, resulted in the deaths of two law enforcement officers and a suspect. The incident unfolded following an attempted traffic stop, according to officials.

Mayor Ben Walsh expressed deep sorrow, calling it a dark day for Syracuse and acknowledging the loss of the two officers as a nightmare come true. The tragic event adds to the toll of at least 38 law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty this year, as reported by the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Last year, 136 officers died in the line of duty across the US, marking a 39% decrease from the previous year's total of 224 deaths, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The confrontation in upstate New York began when two Syracuse Police Department officers attempted to pull over a suspicious vehicle just after 7 p.m., as detailed by Chief Joseph Cecile. The driver evaded the stop, leading the officers to track the vehicle to a residence in nearby Liverpool using the license plate information.

Upon suspecting that the driver might be armed, the officers sought assistance from the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office. Both departments converged on the identified home simultaneously.

Chief Cecile recounted that while inspecting the vehicle and noticing firearms inside, the law enforcement personnel heard sounds indicating someone was handling a firearm within the residence. Shortly after, an exchange of gunfire ensued between at least one suspect and the officers and deputies present.

Tragically, an officer, a deputy, and the suspect sustained gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead at a hospital. The investigation into the incident remains ongoing, with the identities of the fallen officers and the suspect yet to be disclosed. The officer had served for approximately three years, while the deputy was described by Onondaga County Sheriff Toby Shelley as a seasoned member of the force.

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