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Update: DA Gives Update on Investigation into Father’s Day Event

By Staff

 

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick

(Update, July 12) – Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick announced Tuesday that 10 defendants involved in an altercation during a Father’s Day event last month have been indicted on rioting charges.

Fitzpatrick also said evidence in a fatal shooting which involved Officer Kelsey J. Francemone has been submitted to a grand jury; however, he declined to comment further on the matter. 

According to Fitzpatrick, the 10 defendants in the case will be processed to the fullest extent of the law, for endangering the lives of officers and civilians.

In addition, he also said police, and the DA’s office, are still continuing to investigate the matter.

Check back for additional updates.

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Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler

(From, June 22): Syracuse police have named Kelsey J. Francemone as the officer who initially responded to gunfire during a Father’s Day event June 19.

According to authorities, Francemone’s gun was one of four fired during the event, but they’re not sure whether Francemone’s bullets were responsible for any of the injuries that evening.

Gary Porter, 41, was killed during the gunfire, and a 31-year-old woman was also shot in the leg during the incident.

Authorities said Francemone has been with the department since February 2015, and currently works in the Patrol Division.

She has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the matter. 

(From June 20) – Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler said Monday police responded to gunfire during a Father’s Day event June 19.

“We’re talking about more than one person firing their weapons in a small area; quite frankly, a small, highly populated residential area,” Fowler stated.

An officer responded to Otisco St. at about 11 p.m. Sunday evening, after police received reports that a person had been shot in the area.

According to police, the officer ran in the direction of the gunfire, and responded by firing her gun. But, they’re not sure whether the officer’s bullets were responsible for any of the injuries in the area.

Gary Porter, 41, was killed during the gunfire, and a 31-year-old woman was also shot in the leg during the incident.

In addition, a 15-year-old girl was injured during the incident, as well as two police officers.

According to Fowler, the officer fired her gun, but at this point they don’t know if her shots hit anyone.

However, witnesses reportedly said they saw the officer’s gunfire hit Porter, which has made the case eligible for special prosecution by the state attorney general’s office.

Currently, the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office and the New York State Attorney General’s Office are both investigating the matter.

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