A Sodus man was shot and killed by state police after they say he fired a shotgun multiple times at troopers and deputies
SODUS — New details in a deadly shootout with troopers in Wayne County Friday night were released Monday.
A Sodus man was shot and killed by state police after they say he fired a shotgun multiple times at troopers and deputies.
“The caller, his father, stated that his son was breaking objects inside his house and that his son was armed with a shotgun,” Troop E Commander Eric Laughton said.
After meeting with the father at a nearby restaurant, Trooper Michael Crosier, three other troopers and a Wayne County sheriff's deputy heard what they believed were gunshots and went back to the home.
Commander Laughton said they tried to make contact but there was no response, a perimeter was set and then there came a time where Laughton said the suspect, 24-year-old Cody Cook, pointed a shotgun at the trooper.
“At that time Trooper Crosier issued several — and I want to emphasize several — warnings for the suspect to drop the weapon,” Laughton said.
Laughton said Cook then shot at Crosier, who returned fire, and then Cook disappeared from the window. Laughton said Cook repeated the same actions twice — the third time Crosier fired again, killing Cook.
Laughton said he believes Cook was shot twice, once in the head and once in the chest area.
"Even with the scope of his or her duties, a police officer’s worst nightmare is killing a human being because a police officer has to live with that for the rest of his or her life,” Laughton said.
Laughton said steel bullets were found lodged, right above where Trooper Crosier and the Deputy were.
"Our hearts go out to the Cook family, family and friends, but please let us remember that those brave souls that don the uniform,” Wayne County District Attorney Michael Calarco said. “The men and women that go out on these calls and defend us are human beings as well."
The Wayne County District Attorney's Office is looking over the case, and the investigation is ongoing.