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#1368189 - 10/12/12 12:23 AM Police Officer Shot
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Ithaca officer shot on West Hill

An Ithaca Police officer has been reported shot near the West Village Apartment complex on Ithaca's West Hill. The report came across emergency radio transmissions shortly after 11 p.m. Police are now at the scene.

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#1368519 - 10/14/12 11:15 PM Re: Police Officer Shot [Re: newsman38]
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Ithaca PD officer suffers minor stroke: Augustine still in intensive care after shooting

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#1368656 - 10/15/12 10:18 PM Re: Police Officer Shot [Re: newsman38]
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well where's the follow up?
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#1369036 - 10/18/12 10:25 AM Re: Police Officer Shot [Re: I did it!]
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Shooting suspect back in court

Jamel Booker, charged in the shooting of Ithaca Police Department officer Anthony Augustine, appeared in city court Wednesday as part of a preliminary felony hearing, with officers describing the scene where Augustine was shot.

Judge James M. Kerrigan presided as Assistant District Attorney Andrew McElwee called on four witnesses, including the police officer who was present with Augustine at the time of the shooting.

Roughly 20 city officers lined the back of the courtroom as Booker was led in in handcuffs wearing an orange jail jumpsuit. He was seated next to his assigned attorney, Kristine Shaw. Booker remained silent, mostly with his head down.

Shaw said Booker had said he was “running for his life” that night and thought he would be killed and “left in the bushes.” She went on to say that he had stated that the gun had fired unexpectedly and that he didn’t mean to shoot the officer.

After Barksdale’s testimony, officer Barry Banfield took the stand. The courtroom grew quiet as he recounted how he and Augustine pursued Booker on foot into the woods when he heard a gun “pop” and thereafter found his fellow officer injured on the ground.

Banfield teared up as he recounted removing his colleague’s bullet-proof vest revealing his bullet wound. Banfield said he then began rendering aid as Booker fled the scene and allegedly threw his gun as he headed south toward Chestnut Street.

Shaw asked Banfield if he ever saw a gun and he replied “no.” The gun has not been recovered, Banfield said.

In closing, Kerrigan said he would not reduce bail as was requested by the defense). Booker was previously arraigned in Tompkins County Court by Judge Judith Rossiter, who set bail at $500,000 cash or $1 million bond.

A grand jury presentation will be held Nov. 15 when the case is transferred to Tompkins County Court.

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Shawnee A. Barnes


Shot IPD officer to be released from hospital

An Ithaca police officer shot by an accused car thief is scheduled to be released at 10 a.m. today from Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

Officer Anthony Augustine will be escorted home to Ithaca by several police agencies, according to Ithaca police Lt. Vincent Monticello.

7:19 AM, Oct 18, 2012
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#1371795 - 11/03/12 01:01 PM Re: Police Officer Shot [Re: newsman38]
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Department Was Understaffed on Night of Shooting

Low staffing levels in the police department hampered its efforts to respond to the shooting of an officer earlier this month, according to officers who warned that proposed budget cuts to the Ithaca Police Department could exacerbate the challenges city police face.

Under the IPD’s preferred staffing guidelines, a minimum of six officers are supposed to work the “midnight shift” to replace the six officers who have just worked the 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift. Therefore, when Officer Anthony Augustine was shot on Oct. 12 shortly before the time of a shift change, 12 city policemen should have been available to respond to the crisis, according to Officer John Joly.

But because of staffing shortfalls, three of the 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. officers were scheduled to work overtime and also cover the later shift, Joly said. Additonally, only five officers were slated to work the next shift — giving the shift commander only two new bodies to send when the commander of the 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift called for backup, Joly said.

It took about six hours, half a dozen police agencies and two helicopters for police to find suspect Jamel Booker, who has since been charged in the shooting. That extensive and potentially dangerous manhunt might have been cut short if six new IPD officers had been available to for the next shift, Joly said.

IPD Lieutenant Vincent Monticello, while not confirming the exact staffing levels at the night of the shooting, also said “we were at our minimum staffing.”

Monticello said that the cuts to the IPD proposed by Mayor Svante Myrick could hurt the department’s already “critically” low staffing levels.

“We were able to get there quickly; next time, we might not be so lucky,” Monticello said.

Myrick’s proposed budget would reduce the number of police officers by about nine and the number of firefighters by four

Jeff Stein and Manu Rathore
Cornell Daily Sun

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#1371801 - 11/03/12 01:39 PM Re: Police Officer Shot [Re: newsman38]
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Now Fry the SOB if he's the shooter for sure
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