27 May 2020

  Major Philip T. Rougeux
  Troop D Commander



On May 26, 2020, at 2:57 p.m., the Manlius Police Department, along with New York State Police, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office and the DeWitt Police Department responded to 140 Wilson Drive in the town of Manlius for a reported physical domestic involving a male who was threatening family members.

When patrols arrived, a male subject, later identified as 61-year-old Kenneth J. Bennett exited his residence upset with his family and making suicidal threats.  Law enforcement officers attempted to calm Bennett and engage him in communications. Bennett continued to threaten law enforcement with a baseball bat and what appeared to a rifle. After an hour of Bennett making verbal threats and physically menacing police officers with the weapon, he charged at officers. He was engaged with non-lethal and ultimately lethal means to disarm him.

During this exchange, officers unsuccessfully pleaded with Bennett to drop his weapon before employing lethal measures, causing Trooper Gary M. Novotny to fire one round from his division issued patrol rifle, striking him in the abdomen.

Bennett was transported to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, where he was pronounced deceased. 

The State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team (CCSERT) was called to the scene after investigators located meth-making materials inside the residence.

The investigation is continuing.



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