Tragic End To Early Morning Traffic Stop In Albany

Diego Parra, Pixabay

Officer shot and suspect killed after traffic stop in Albany's Pine Hills neighborhood

Update 3:02pm: Bodycam footage of the incident has been released

In the early hours of the morning, a routine traffic stop took a tragic turn in the Pine Hills neighborhood, resulting in an officer shot  and a suspect killed. The incident, which has left the community in shock, unfolded around midnight, Albany police said.  The officer is said to be conscious, alert and doing well after being admitted to Albany Medical Center and undergoing surgery.

During a news briefing this morning Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Albany Police Chief Eric Hawking discussed the events of this morning describing it as an ambush after the officer tried to stop a speeding car. At approximately 12:29 AM, an Albany Police Department officer attempted to stop a vehicle from speeding but abandoned the pursuit, reports state the car may have been going up to 80 mph.

The vehicle was later found parked at the edge of the College of Saint Rose campus in the area of North Main Avenue and Western Avenue.  When the officer approached the vehicle to investigate the suspect exited the vehicle and opened fire striking the officer in his upper leg/hip area.  The officer returned fire, fatally wounding the suspect, who has not been identified. 

This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the unpredictability and potential danger that law enforcement officers face daily. The community of Albany is left grappling with the loss of a life and the circumstances that led to this unfortunate event.

The Latest

Listener Club

Join the Bmail Club!

What's Happening

  • Join Our Team

    Come work with B 95.5

  • Chad & Meredith

    B95.5’s Breakfast Club with Chad & Meredith! Listen for The Morning Mind Bender, the 7 O’clock Sitch, Fun ways to win, the latest news, weather and traffic!

  • B95.5 Concerts & Events

    Stay up to date on the latest concerts and events in the Capital Region!

Events

  • Bonnie Raitt

    Singer, songwriter and guitarist Bonnie Raitt is bringing her talents to the Palace Theatre stage in Albany on Tuesday June 4th, 2024. Tickets to the Just Like...

    at Palace Theatre
  • Alive at 5 Let's Sing Taylor

    Join the Capital Region music fans at Jennings Landing in Albany for the popular Thursday night summer concert series Alive at 5. The summer of 2024 will kick o...

    at Jennings Landing
  • BIPOC Pride

    Join us for the 18th annual BIPOC Pride festival on Saturday, June 8, 2024 in Albany's Washington Park! BIPOC Pride is celebrating Pride in June with a month f...

    at Albany Washington Park
95.5 FM
Online
Mobile
Alexa