The Ontario County Grand Jury met last week to investigate and review the circumstances surrounding the May 20 shooting of William Corey Jackson by Geneva Police Department Sgt. Carmen Scott Reale.


After the grand jury heard testimony from 15 witnesses, including a number of private citizens who witnessed the incident, it determined that the shooting was justified under Article 35 of the New York State Penal Law.

The Ontario County Grand Jury met last week to investigate and review the circumstances surrounding the May 20 shooting of William Corey Jackson by Geneva Police Department Sgt. Carmen Scott Reale.


After the grand jury heard testimony from 15 witnesses, including a number of private citizens who witnessed the incident, it determined that the shooting was justified under Article 35 of the New York State Penal Law.


The jury also heard from members of the Geneva Police Department and the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department, which conducted an independent investigation of the incident at the request of Geneva Police Chief Frank Pane. It also reviewed a number of items of physical evidence.


At the conclusion of the testimony, the grand jury was instructed on the law applicable to this matter and then deliberated. Article 35 of the New York State Penal Law authorizes the use of deadly physical force by a police officer against another when the officer reasonably believes that to be necessary to defend himself or someone else from what he reasonably believes to be the imminent use of deadly physical force by such other person.