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23 April 2016
Troopers use deadly force when attacked by man wielding knives
 Major William T. Keeler
 Troop G Commander

April 23, 2016- Latham, NY


On April 22, 2016 Troopers who responded to a report of a man threatening to shoot anyone who approached him, specifically any responding law enforcement, used deadly physical force when the individual approached them aggressively while brandishing a knife in each hand.

At approximately 11:30 pm two Troopers responded to High Point Road in the Town of Berne, Albany County when the initial report was received. The responding patrol located a man walking along the road, now identified as 51 year old Carl Baranishyn Jr. The Troopers immediately noticed the man was carrying a knife in each hand.

Mr. Baranishyn refused to comply with numerous verbal commands to drop the knives, and then aggressively approached the Troopers. Both Troopers fired from their issued duty weapons, striking Mr. Baranishyn several times.

Immediate first aid was given to Mr Baranishyn by the Troopers after he no longer posed a threat to them. This included the Troopers utilizing an AED to treat his injuries followed by the Helderberg Rescue squad continuing to render medical assistance upon arrival at the scene. The combined life-saving efforts were unsuccessful and Mr. Baranishyn succumbed to his injuries.

The investigation into this incident is continuing by the State Police in conjunction with the Albany County District Attorney’s office and the names of the Troopers involved are not being released at this time as it is an ongoing investigation.

The Albany County Sheriff’s Department also responded and assisted at the scene and was not involved in the shooting.

A press conference regarding this incident will be held today, April 23rd, 1:00 pm, at the Troop G Headquarters, 760 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, NY.


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