DA Soares Statement on Officer-Involved Shooting

April 17, 2024


This situation highlights the potential dangers faced every day by those who choose to protect and serve the people who live in this city.

I’d like to take a moment to commend the bravery of the Albany Police Officer who was senselessly ambushed and shot early this morning, and thank his family for supporting his dedication to this noble profession. In just a few short years on the job, this officer has already gone through more than any officer should experience in their lifetime.


This situation highlights the potential dangers faced every day by those who choose to protect and serve the people who live in this city. Any moment, including a routine traffic stop like this one, could become a life-or-death situation.


Despite the misguided anti-police rhetoric often heard in modern public discourse, this young man stepped up to the challenge in the face of constant demoralization. It is my hope that he inspires others to do the same, because this is still a community worth fighting for.


I wish him a speedy recovery and pray that while his body may be hurt, his spirit is as strong as ever.

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