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Two arrested after Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputy killed at Batavia Downs

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In Batavia police have arrested two individuals, Michael Elmore, 33, and Lyndsey Jean Wilcox, 39, following the line-of-duty death of Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputy, Sgt. Thomas Santfratello, at Batavia Gaming and Hotel. The incident occurred as Elmore and Wilcox were being escorted out by security, leading to a confrontation where Deputy Santfratello attempted to detain Wilcox, and Elmore intervened, escalating to physical violence.


During the altercation, Sgt. Santfratello, a 32-year veteran, became unresponsive after attempting to use a taser on Elmore. Despite immediate CPR efforts, he was pronounced dead by the Genesee County Coroner. Elmore faces manslaughter charges, while both suspects are also charged with aggravated burglary and assault.

The suspects, who were released on bond, are scheduled for arraignment in Genesee County Court on March 12. Batavia Police are urging witnesses of the incident to come forward with any information to aid in the investigation.

Original: Sergeant killed in line-of-duty at Batavia Downs after altercation

The Batavia Police Department is now leading the investigation into the line-of-duty death of Genesee County Sheriff’s Sergeant Thomas A. Sanfratello, who passed away following an altercation at Batavia Downs on March 10. Sergeant Sanfratello, a 32-year veteran, was working a special detail at the casino when the incident occurred.


The conflict began inside the facility’s bar area and escalated as Sergeant Sanfratello and security staff attempted to escort two combative patrons, Michael J. Elmore and Lyndsey Jean Wilcox, from the premises. Despite efforts to control the situation, a physical altercation ensued, resulting in Sergeant Sanfratello becoming unresponsive. Life-saving measures were attempted, but unfortunately, he was pronounced dead by the Genesee County Coroner.

The Batavia Police Department, in coordination with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies, urges witnesses or anyone with video of the incident to come forward as part of the ongoing investigation. The community mourns the loss of Sergeant Sanfratello, and officials extend their condolences to his family and colleagues during this difficult time.