NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Jeffrey A. VanAuken
Troop C Commander
Update: The deceased is identified as Paul J. Weeden, age 66 of Walton, NY.
Original release: The New York State Police and the New York State Attorney General’s Office are investigating a shooting involving a village of Walton police officer.
On October 4, 2021 shortly before 3:30 a.m., an officer from the Walton Police Department was dispatched to a mental health call at a residence on Griswold Street in the village of Walton. The officer made contact with a male inside the residence. While speaking with the man, the male pointed what was believed to be a gun at the officer.
The officer retreated and the man followed, ignoring multiple commands to drop his weapon. The man again pointed the suspected gun at the officer. The officer then fired his duty weapon and struck the man. The officer called for EMS and rendered emergency aid to the man, who was later pronounced deceased at the scene.
This is an ongoing investigation, and further updates will be provided.