SCHENECTADY — The Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office is taking over the investigation into the Aug. 15 police shooting in Troy, District Attorney Robert Carney confirmed.
Carney spoke with Rensselaer County Court Judge Debra Young earlier this week and accepted the assignment, he said.
The assignment comes after Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove recused his office from the investigation into the non-fatal shooting of Dahmeek McDonald. Abelove cited pending cases involving the officer who fired, Jarrod Iler, as the reason for stepping away.
Iler opened fire on McDonald on Aug. 15. McDonald was hit but survived. Police later said they could find no evidence that McDonald was armed during the incident.
Carney said he has assigned the head of his major crimes bureau, Amy Burock, to oversee the investigation, with prosecutor Kyle Petit assisting.
Petit came to the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office from the Rensselaer County DA’s office.
Carney could not offer a timetable for how long the investigation will take. He noted his office is just beginning its work.
Police were seeking McDonald, 22, on a warrant for fleeing parole at the time of the shooting. They located him in a car on Eighth Street the evening of Aug. 15.
Iler, a five-year veteran of the force, fired at McDonald, striking him once in the shoulder and grazing his head. McDonald survived, was treated at Albany Medical Center and was released to parole custody at the Rensselaer County jail, authorities have said.
The shooting touched off a large demonstration led by McDonald’s uncle, Messiah Cooper,…
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