State police release identities in fatal officer-involved shooting in Oneonta

New York State Police have identified the 23-year-old shot and killed by an Oneonta police officer as Tyler R. Green.

Posted: Apr 7, 2021 3:58 PM
Updated: Apr 7, 2021 5:32 PM

ONEONTA, N.Y. – New York State Police have identified the 23-year-old shot and killed by an Oneonta police officer as Tyler R. Green.

Police say Green was involved in a domestic dispute Tuesday afternoon, and was wielding a knife on River Street before he was shot by Sgt. Ralph Pajerski.

James Corrigan // WKTV

Kevin Marcewiz, who witnessed the incident, told NEWSChannel 2 Green came outside with a toddler around 1 p.m., after allegedly stabbing the woman he lived with in the leg.

When police arrived to the scene, he allegedly dropped the child, and threatened officers with the knife. That's when Pajerski fired two shots, striking Green in the midsection.

Green was airlifted to Albany Medical Center for treatment, but later died from his injuries.

An investigation will be conducted by the New York State Attorney General's Office.

"This isn't easy on anybody. This is a sad situation, it's a tough one for the entire city to have to face. As i said, at this time, we don't really know what happened," said Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig. "So, there is body cam footage. I am very confident the attorney general will do an investigation that provides us with a real outcome as to what took place, and we will wait for that."

Herzig says Pajerski and a second responding officer have not yet returned to work.

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