Following a deadly shooting that left two police officers injured and a suspect dead, the Troy, New York Police Department has released surveillance video of the event. Police Chief John Tedesco said that the police had “nothing to hide,” and that the public has the right to see what happened for themselves.
The video shows Officer Chad Klein pulling up to 39-year-old carjacking suspect Thaddeus Faison. Faison then shoots into the vehicle, striking Klein in the shoulder. Shortly after the initial shooting, Officer Joshua Comitale, pursuing Faison on foot, arrived and opened fire on the suspect.
The shooting took place last August and some have questioned the officers’ use of force. This video, taken by a city surveillance camera, supports the officers’ descriptions of the shooting according to investigators in internal affairs.
After the shooting the officers were taken to the Albany Medical Center Hospital where they were treated for their injuries; Faison died at the scene as a result of four to six gunshots to the torso and Comitale’s legs were shattered. Both officers were wearing ballistic vests.
Klein drove away from the suspect after being shot and did not shoot at the suspect. During the shooting 29 shots were fired, 20 by Officer Commitale and the rest by Faison. Comitale was forced to reload after shooting his first magazine empty.
The officers were praised on how they handled the situation, considering both had been shot in the process. Both are currently still on medical leave but are expected to return to service later this year.
Late last year a grand jury found no evidence of any crimes committed by Comitale. Evidence supporting Comitale included a strong criminal history on Faison’s part, as well as medical records that showed Faison had cannabis and PCP in his system at the time of death.
Faison’s criminal history reaches back to 1999. He had multiple convictions for carjacking, drug dealing and violating parole. He was convicted of felonies eight times, four of them for violent crimes.
Still, Faison’s friends and girlfriend defended him after the shooting, saying that he was out running an errand, out to get formula for his 8-month twins. To ease tensions, the video was released with a viewing for community and city leaders.
Rev. Cornelius Clark, pastor of the Holy Serenity Church of God in Christ, told the Times Union, “Everything went the way … it should have gone.”
The viewing included city leaders from both sides of the political aisle, who agreed that the shooting was “by the book” and that the officers reacted correctly, using appropriate force, in accordance with their training.