SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A Syracuse police officer shot a 74-year-old man Tuesday morning on the south side of the city.
District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick confirmed he was armed with a starter’s pistol, not a gun.
DeWayne Watkins later died from those injuries according to Syracuse Police.
Officers were called to the home around 10:00 a.m. by Syracuse firefighters who were at the home on West Calthrop Avenue responding to a medical call.
NewsChannel 9 has reached out to the Syracuse Fire Department to try to determine the nature of that call.
Upon arrival, an officer encountered Watkins with a weapon and according to Syracuse Police menaced the officer, at which time the officer shot the man several times.
During a press conference Tuesday, Chief Kenton Buckner initially indicated the man was in stable condition.
The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Syracuse Police Department at (315) 442-5222.
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