Fatal shooting by upstate NY village officer investigated

October 5, 2021 GMT

WALTON, N.Y. (AP) — A village police officer fatally shot a 66-year-old man in upstate New York while responding to a mental health call, according to state troopers.

Paul J. Weeden was shot at about 3:30 a.m. Monday by an officer at a residence in Walton, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) east of Binghamton. Weeden pointed what appeared to be a gun at the Walton Police Department officer as they spoke, according to state police.

As the officer retreated, Weeden followed and ignored commands to drop the weapon. The unidentified officer fired his duty weapon after Weeden again pointed the suspected gun at the officer, police said.

Weeden was pronounced dead at the scene.

The shooting was under investigation by state police and the state attorney general’s office, which investigates all deaths at the hands of police.