Suspect Caught in Ithaca Police Shooting
UPDATE (6:45PM) ITHACA, NY (WENY)---Police have arrested Jamel Booker in connection with the police shooting in Ithaca.
Police say Ithaca police officer Anthony Augustin was following Booker in his patrol car because Booker was behind the wheel of stolen car. Booker then made an abrupt turn, got out of a car and ran off into the woods.
The officer then chased him. Once through the woods, Booker fired a single shot, hitting Augustin in the upper chest area. The officer was wearing his bullet proof vest at the time. Augustin just got out of his second surgery and is recovering.
As for Booker, he has a long rap sheet. Earlier this year, the Ithaca man was on the run for more than nine months accused of shooting an Elmira man three times back in April 2011. And in October 2008, Booker---who was 18 at the time--was arrested on felony drugs and weapons charges.---------
UPDATE: After an overnight search, a man is in custody for shooting an Ithaca Police Officer in the West Hill area.
The Ithaca SWAT Team arrested the man suspected of shooting 5-year-veteran police officer, Anthony Augustine at 11 last night.
The suspect was taken into custody just before 5 this morning.
Officer Augustine is in surgery for his injuries.
Police say the officer was shot after trying to stop a man driving a stolen car in the West Hill area. The suspect is not being named at this time.
Anyone with any information should call 911 or the anonymous Ithaca Police Tip Line at (607) 697-0333.
The Following is a Press Release From Ithaca Police:
Ithaca, NY - At approximately 11:00 p.m. an Ithaca Police Officer attempted to stop a stolen vehicle in the West Hill area of the City. The driver fled the vehicle and a short foot chase ensued. While approaching the suspect, the Officer was shot. The suspect is described as being a black male with short hair, thin build, and average height. He is wearing a gray sweatshirt and carrying a black backpack. He has a shiny diamond earring. Police are currently searching for him on ground and in the woods. Anyone with information should immediately contact the 911 Dispatch Center or the anonymous IPD Tip Line (607) 697-0333.
The Officer was conscious and alert and is being transported to a trauma center.