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State police: Man killed in Lee trooper-involved shooting lunged at officer with knife

Details surrounding a trooper-involved fatal shooting in the town of Lee have been released by state police Wednesday.

Posted: Apr. 17, 2019 1:57 PM
Updated: Apr. 18, 2019 2:37 PM

ONEIDA, N.Y. -- Details surrounding a trooper-involved fatal shooting in the town of Lee have been released by state police Wednesday.

At a press conference held at New York State Police Troop D Headquarters Oneida, officials say that Trooper Robert Annarino arrived at a home on Golly Road Tuesday shortly after 7 p.m., where the family of 24-year-old Tyler Johnson said he was possibly suffering from a seizure.

Johnson was lying face down on the bed, with his hand underneath his chest.

The trooper requested EMS assistance, and as they began rolling Johnson over – state police say he started to resist.

Oneida County Sheriff’s Deputy Emrah Latic arrived at the scene and tried helping, and it was then that officials say they discovered Johnson was holding an 8-inch knife under his body.

Annarino says he gave Johnson several verbal commands to drop the weapon, but he didn’t comply, and it was then that he lunged at the trooper.

Fearing for his and others safety, he shot Johnson several times. They tried life-saving measures, but were unsuccessful.

Johnson was taken to Rome Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His autopsy is being done in Syracuse.

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