Body camera footage is being reviewed in the incident involving a New York State Trooper, who fatally shot a Sodus man during an incident on Friday.
That incident is also under investigation by the New York State Attorney General’s Office.
Troopers were called to a domestic incident around 11 p.m. on Friday. A man reported that his son was breaking things inside their home. The son was also reported to be armed, according to the male caller, identified as his father.
Cody Cook, the 24-year-old inside the home, was shot-and-killed by troopers after he fired at them.
Law enforcement attempted to make contact with Cook, but he didn’t answer and a perimeter was set up.
Later in the standoff, which lasted hours, Cook is accused of pointing the gun at Trooper Michael Crozier and a deputy with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. Crozier reportedly issued a series of warnings to Cook to drop the weapon.
That’s when troopers say Cook fired it at law enforcement. Crozier returned fire, and Cook moved out of sight. He reappeared shortly thereafter and pointed the gun at law enforcement. He was directed again to drop the gun, which trooper say he didn’t.
Crozier fired at Cook, and the suspect disappeared out of sight in the home.
This series of events happened a third time, when Crozier fired at Cook – fatally striking him.
“A police officer’s worst nightmare is killing a human being, because the police officer has to live with that for the rest of his or her life,” Troop E Commander Eric Laughton, of the New York State Police, said at a press conference on Monday. “In this instance, our primary goal was to deescalate the situation. We were unable to accomplish that goal directly because of the suspect’s, or Mr. Cook’s actions. Trooper Crozier gave Mr. Cook numerous warnings to drop the weapons.”
The case is being looked at by the State Attorney General’s Office. If the attorney general’s office declines further action on the case, the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office will examine the case.
The investigation remains active.