Inmate Serving Sentence for Shooting IPD Officer Dies
NEWBERGH, NY (WENY) -- A Tompkins County man serving time in prison after shooting an Ithaca Police officer has died.
State Department of Corrections Officials say 29-year-old Jamel Booker died Friday evening, after receiving emergency medical attention at a hospital in Newbergh, New York. Booker was an inmate at Shawagunk Correctional Facility in Ulster County, where he serving a 23 to 27 year sentence for the October 2012 shooting of Ithaca Police Officer Anthony Augustine.
Booker's official cause of death will be determined by the Ulster County Medical Examiners Office.
Booker shot Officer Anthony Augustine following a car chase on October 11, 2012. Augustine suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder, but survived. He was unable to return to patrol after the incident. He left the Ithaca Police Department in 2015.
Booker was convicted by a jury in 2013 on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, assault and weapons charges. The jury could not reach a verdict on the most serious charge of attempted murder.