ARIETTA, N.Y. – A man was fatally shot Tuesday night after state police responded to a mental health call at a home in the town of Arietta, 25 miles outside of Speculator.
Police say Trooper Ryan Mousaw arrived to the scene just before 9 p.m., after residents reported an unstable man outside their home with a hatchet. Mousaw says he picked up on signs of instability while speaking with 55-year-old Daniel E. Condon, and intended to bring him to the hospital for an evaluation.
When the man began to struggle with Mousaw, the trooper attempted to tase him, but the tactic was ineffective. Condon then hit Mousaw in the head with the hatchet.
Police say Mousaw shot the man after he ignored orders to drop the hatchet.
Mousaw attempted to resuscitate Condon, but was unsuccessful.
Mousaw was transported to Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville to be treated for a head laceration, a sprained right arm and a sprained right wrist. He has since been released.