Authorities investigating fatal officer-involved shooting in Oswego County

Constantia (WSYR-TV) - Authorities are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting in the Oswego County town of Constantia.

According to the Oswego County Sheriff's Office, a deputy had responded to a "check the welfare complaint" at a location on Auringer Road in Constantia when the incident occurred on Friday.

A 58-year-old man was armed and "did by action make threats toward an officer" during the encounter, according to Oswego County Sheriff Reuel Todd.

Investigators have not identified the man, nor have they identified the deputy.

The Sheriff's Office says the incident occurred in a remote location on the dead-end road. They do not believe the public was threatened.

According to the Sheriff's Office, State Police were called to the scene almost immediately.

"This is a very difficult situation. I want to thank the State Police for assisting us in this investigation," Todd said.

District Attorney Greg Oakes noted he is operating as county coroner in this phase of the investigation.

He said an autopsy will be conducted next and a report will then be submitted for review by a grand jury.

State Police Capt. Mark Lincoln said his agency received a request from both the Sheriff's Office and the DA's office to investigate the case.

He said State Police are bringing in a great deal of resources, as well as personnel who have experience with such cases.

"Any time we have an unfortunate loss of life, especially at the hands of law enforcement, we need to make sure that the public is completely comfortable that we acted as we are instructed to, and every indication so far is that's the case," Lincoln said.

The road at the intersection with County Route 23 was closed for several hours on Friday evening.

NewsChannel 9 and will have additional information as it becomes available.

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