Utica Police: Off-duty police officer shoots, kills Syracuse man during reported robbery

Crime scene on Lincoln Ave. in Utica (Photo provided by WKTV)

Utica Police are investigating the death of a Syracuse man who was shot by an off-duty police officer during an alleged robbery in Utica.

According to police, officers were dispatched to 1303 Lincoln Ave. in Utica around 5 a.m. Monday regarding a shots fired investigation.

When they arrived, they located a man who has been identified as Shatelle Hooks, 35, of Syracuse, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Hooks was transported to St. Elizabeth's Hospital by fire personnel, where he died a short time later.

While on the scene, crime units identified the individual who fired the shots as Christofer Kitto, 34, of Albany.

Kitto, an off-duty Albany Police officer, was at the residence when an altercation ensued, according to witness interviews and existing forensic evidence.

Police said during the altercation, Hooks displaced a knife and demanded property from Kitto in an attempt to rob him.

Authorities later learned that Kitto had been at the nearby Turning Stone Casino and was carrying more than $3,000 in cash.

When confronted with the knife, Kitto drew a weapon and shot Hooks several times.

At this stage of the investigation, pending new conflicting information or forensic evidence, the shooting appears to be a justifiable homicide, according to police.

No charges related to Hook's death are being filed at this time.

The Utica Police Department, however, will continue to investigate this incident and will conduct a thorough and transparent investigation.

The Albany Police Department said that Kitto has been placed on administrative leave.

Kitto, however, will be charged with one count of Patronizing a Prostitute, a Class A Misdemeanor.

If anyone has information regarding the incident, please contacted the Utica Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 315 223 3510.

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