We know more about what happened in the moments before Onondaga County Sheriff's deputies shot a man in the Town of Onondaga.
It happened at a home at 207 Everingham Road around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday .
The suspect has now been identified as 58-year-old Arcadio Figueroa. He was suspected in several burglaries. Figueroa is an employee of Onondaga County Parks, according to a statement by County Executive Joanie Mahoney.
â??An investigation by the Onondaga County Sheriffâ??s Office and the Onondaga County Park Rangers led to the arrest of Onondaga County Parks employee Arcadio Figeuroa, Jr. on charges related to theft of Parks Department property. Mr. Figeuroa, Jr. is a park laborer in the Countyâ??s Onondaga Lake Park and has been suspended without pay."
In an interview with CNYCentral, Sheriff Kevin Walsh says two detectives and one police division deputy transported Figueroa to his home to recover items he had stolen from the Syracuse Parks Department where Figueroa used to work.
Walsh says Figueroa was in handcuffs leading deputies through the home. They went into a bedroom where the suspect asked permission to feed his pet ferret. Walsh says Figueroa sat down on a bed and pulled a sawed off shotgun from between the mattress and box spring while he was still handcuffed. That's when Walsh says Figueroa pointed the gun at his own chin and asked deputies to shoot him. The deputy then fired two shots when Figueroa allegedly pointed the gun at them. Sheriff Walsh believes this was an attempted suicide by cop.
"You never know when things are going to turn particularly bad in this case as happened yesterday," said Walsh. "And they have to be prepared for that and take that into consideration."
Figueroa is under guard at Upstate University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He is charged with menacing a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon, burglary, grand larceny and petit larceny.
Criminal Investigation Division Detectives and Evidence Technicians are currently investigating the incident. Investigators have not released the names of the detectives or police division deputy involved.
Sheriff Walsh tells CNY Central that the deputy will receive a couple of days of administrative leave.