October 11, 2012

Suspect in Shooting of Ithaca Police Officer Caught by SWAT Team After Chase

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The man suspected of shooting an Ithaca Police officer Thursday evening was caught by the Ithaca SWAT Team at 4:50 a.m. Friday after hours of extensive search efforts, police said.

The city released the name of the officer who was shot by the suspect. As of 5:15 a.m., IPD Officer Anthony Augustine — a five-year veteran of the IPD — was still in surgery for the injuries he sustained in the shooting, according to a statement from the City of Ithaca. No further information about his condition was available.

The suspect is currently in custody. Following the reported shooting, the search to find him involved helicopters and dozens of emergency responders from several police agencies. According to the city’s statement, 12 city and state agencies assisted the Ithaca Police Department throughout the night.

Parts of West Hill, where the officer was shot, were shut down by police following the incident. Police cars remained on the scene for several hours.

Police searched the area by the West Village Apartments complex, as well as the woods adjacent to the housing, throughout the early morning.

Check cornellsun.com later for more updates.

Original Author: Akane Otani