SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – City officials confirm this is the first time in 26 years that Saratoga officers have needed to use their guns on the job. The video we are about to share may be graphic to some and viewer discretion is advised.
“First of all, there is no continuing threat to our community,” said Mayor Kim.
“I decided in the interest of transparency to release at this point certain information that some of the authorities would not like to see revealed as soon as now.” said James Montagnino, the Public Safety Commissioner.
Mayor Ron Kim and Montagnino released business surveillance video and officer worn body cam video from the shooting on Sunday.
““What began as an altercation between one individual we understand is an off-duty Vermont sheriff’s deputy and a group of other individuals some or all of whom are from the Utica area,” said the Public Safety Commissioner.
The surveillance video appears to show at least half a dozen people attacking a person on Broadway. The Rutland County Vermont Sheriff confirms Deputy Vito Caselnova was involved in this altercation.
“The Vermont Deputy is physically attacked by at least three people he is slammed into the hood of a car. He’s knocked to the ground he picks himself up and is seen showing by apparently moving his jacket back showing the other individuals that he is armed. One of the other individuals then draws a handgun and points it at the deputy and apparently begins to fire,” explained Montagnino.
That’s when montagnino says that Saratoga PD officers on Caroline St. heard the shots and ran over.
“As they make that turn, what they see is the Vermont Sheriff Deputy standing on the sidewalk with his gun leveled and moving from side to side pointing the gun,” said Montagnino.
Officials say the officers yelled eight times for Caselnova to drop his weapon.
The safety commissioner saying nearly a dozen rounds were discharged by three officers. Deputy Caselnova suffering from about 10 gunshot wounds, and the other man was hit at least 2 times. The alleged girlfriend of the deputy suffered a graze wound to her arm.
All three were taken to Albany medical center. The two men are in stable condition, and the woman has since been released.
As with any officer involved shooting, the commissioner of public safety confirms all three officers involved are on leave. No charges have been filed and the case remains under investigation.
Both the mayor and Public Safety Commissioner of Saratoga vowing to make a change to city laws.
“I’m going to be meeting with the bar and restaurant owners and discussing the wisdom of adopting a policy of ‘wanding’ all patrons,” said Montagnino.
Broadway between Lake Ave. and Division St. have reopened to the public as of around 3:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon. However, some shoppes and bars along Caroline have posted signage saying they are closed for the day due to violent acts that have occurred.