Onondaga County Deputy cleared in shooting of burglary suspect

Man shot by deputies, Everingham Road, Nedrow / File photo

A deputy who was involved in a shooting in the Town of Onondaga earlier this month has been cleared.

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick announced Friday that an Onondaga County Grand Jury has cleared an Onondaga County Sheriffâ??s Deputy in the officer-involved shooting of Arcadio Figueroa, a burglary suspect, on May 7.

Sheriffâ??s detectives had taken Figueroa to his residence at 207 Everingham Road to recover property that was allegedly stolen during a burglary from the Syracuse Parks Department at Onondaga Lake Park, where Figueroa used to work.

Figueroa was in handcuffs leading deputies through the home. They went into a bedroom where the suspect asked permission to feed his pet ferret. Figueroa then grabbed a sawed off shotgun that was hidden under a mattress.

After initially pointing the shotgun at himself, he turned it toward one of the detectives and the deputy. The deputy fired twice, striking Figueroa in his thigh and groin.

The Grand Jury determined that the deputy was justified in shooting Figueroa.

Figueroa is currently housed at the Onondaga County Justice Center. His injuries were non-life threatening.

He has been indicted on charges of menacing a police officer, burglary in the second degree and burglary in the third degree.