Trial begins for man accused of shooting Ithaca police officer Anthony Augustine

Jamel Booker / Ithaca Police Officer Anthony Augustine

Testimony is underway in the trial of a 23-year-old man from Ithaca charged with wounding a central New York police officer last fall.

Local media report that opening statements and testimony were heard Wednesday in a Tompkins County court in the attempted first-degree murder trial of Jamel Booker of Ithaca.

Prosecutors say Booker shot and wounded Ithaca Police Officer Anthony Augustine on Oct. 11 during a foot chase after officers had pulled him over while Booker was driving a car that had been reported stolen.

Augustine was shot in the chest and spent a week in a Syracuse hospital before being released.

Prosecutors say Booker intended to kill Augustine. Booker's lawyer says his client had no plan to kill the officer and was just trying to get away.