Syracuse Police ID suspect shot during fatal traffic stop

Photo provided by Photographer Craig McDowell)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse Police have identified the suspect who was shot during a fatal traffic stop as 41-year-old Deric Brown from Syracuse during a news conference this afternoon.

Mayor Stephanie Miner along with Syracuse Police Chief Frank L. Fowler held the news conference discussing the officer involved shooting.

Officers were still on the scene earlier this morning after the shooting that occurred near the Syracuse University Campus late Sunday night.

Police say it happened at 10:52 p.m. during a traffic stop on the 600 block of Walnut Avenue.

Brown was pulled over for a minor traffic stop for having his daytime lights on and a tail light out, according to Police Chief Fowler.

During the traffic stop, the officer on scene saw the handle of the gun while speaking with Brown. The officer told Brown to show his hands while backing away from the suspect.

Officials say Brown got out of his car and started firing several shots at the officer. The officer then returned fire, reportedly striking Brown with at least one round.

After the shooting, multiple units were requested and the officer performed first aid until the ambulance arrived. The victim was taken to Upstate University hospital where he later died.

During the news conference it was revealed that Brown has had a criminal past including weapon possession.

The Syracuse Police officer who shot Brown is currently placed on administrative leave per department policy and his name will be released in 72 hours.

Syracuse Police say the investigation is still very active and ongoing. They have collected mounds of physical evidence, including witness video and statements.

Anyone with information is asked to call Syracuse Police at (315) 442-5222. Anonymous tips can be sent using the “SPD Tips” app.

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