Police: Albany cop justifiably killed man in Utica, solicited a prostitute

An off-duty Albany police officer, accused of fatally shooting a man in Utica, will not face charges related to his death. However, the officer allegedly did solicit a prostitute.

Posted: Jan 7, 2019 7:33 AM
Updated: Jan 8, 2019 12:28 AM

UTICA, N.Y. -- An off-duty Albany police officer, accused of fatally shooting a man in Utica, will not face charges related to his death. However, the officer allegedly did solicit a prostitute. 

Utica police say around 5 a.m. Monday morning on the 1300 block of Lincoln Avenue, off-duty officer Christofer Kitto, 34 of Albany, shot and killed Shatelle Hooks. The 35-year-old, from Syracuse, was allegedly fighting with Kitto, and displayed a knife demanding money from the officer. 

Police say Kitto drew his weapon after seeing the knife, and shot the man several times, causing his death. 

Authorities say that the shooting appears to be a justifiable homicide, and no charges are being filed regarding the death. However, they have charged Kitto with one count of patronizing a prostitute.

Hooks was sent to St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Police say Kitto was carrying more than $3,000 cash. He has been placed on administrative leave, and Albany police are referring all inquiries to UPD.

The investigation is ongoing, and police continue to remain at the scene. 

For anyone who has information regarding the incident, police ask you to call (315) 223-3510.

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