The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office says it shot and injured a burglary suspect Tuesday afternoon after he got his hands on a gun and tried to shoot deputies. Detectives are on the scene investigating.
According to Sheriff Kevin Walsh, his department had been working on a case for a week dealing with burglaries and stolen property. One suspect had indicated to deputies he wanted to cooperate with the investigation.
Before the shooting, deputies brought the burglary suspect to his home 207 Everingham Road at around 4:30 p.m to recover stolen goods when the suspect managed to get his hands on a shotgun. Walsh says the suspect turned the gun on deputies, but the deputies were able to fire a few shots at the suspect first.
The suspect is currently at University Upstate Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No deputies were injured in the shooting.
Neighbors were shocked to see a crime like this happen where they live.
"This neighborhood has always been a quiet neighborhood," said Sharon Campbell, who lives nearby. "We've never had any issues. Everybody pretty much knows everybody."
Beverly Bennett was on her front porch when it happened. "I was sitting here on the porch with my neighbor, and we were talking, and we were wondering why the sheriff's car was in front," Bennett explained. "And then I heard two gunshots, and we both looked at each other. We were scared."
Those two shots, fired by one deputy, were critical for saving the other deputies' lives.
"There's no question in my mind that the actions they took saved the lives of the other officers that were there," said Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh.
Criminal Investigation Division Detectives and Evidence Technicians are currently investigating the incident.