Suspect in custody in shooting of Schenectady cops; attempted murder alleged

A 24-year-old man was arraigned on charges stemming from the shooting of two officers Sunday night d

Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting that wounded two police officers on Sunday night on Maple Avenue near the site where a man was slain early Saturday.

Adrian Bhee Parbhudial, 24, of 935 Maple Ave., faces one count of first-degree attempted murder, according to police records.

Parbhudial is accused of firing a shotgun at officers entering a house with a search warrant.

The shooting occurred about 7:30 p.m. at 935 Maple Ave.. The blast struck equipment the first officer was carrying and then hit the second officer in the chest. Police said the second officer was saved from serious injury by his bulletproof vest.

Both officers were treated at Ellis Hospital for minor injuries and released.

Parbhudial was arraigned in City Court just after 9 a.m. today before Judge Christine Clark. He is to return to court later.

Police did not comment on whether the search warrant was part of their investigation into the killing of Ganesh Ramgoolam, 24, who was shot to death at about 2 a.m. Saturday outside of 948 Maple Ave.

On Sunday, eight people were detained from the house at 935 Maple Ave. and taken to police headquarters for questioning. A baby was also inside the residence and has been placed with other family members, police said.

In the Ramgoolam case, no arrests have been made in what is the city’s first homicide of the year, but police said they are pursuing leads in the case.

Family members of Ramgoolam, including his father-in-law, Karamauth Ally of New York City, gathered at the Ramgoolam residence on Third Avenue Sunday afternoon to mourn the loss of the husband and father of two.

Alley said his son-in-law was a mechanic for the Capital District Transportation Authority.

Ramgoolam was a passenger in a vehicle that had stopped in the street. After getting out of the vehicle, he was shot five times in the upper part of his body, including his head.

Police do not yet know what Ramgoolam was doing in the neighborhood.

Friends said Sunday they didn’t know why he was there either.

Hemkaj Karvia of Schenectady, who identified himself as one of Ramgoolam’s best friends, said he was at a party Friday night celebrating a mutual friend’s purchase of a house on Lincoln Avenue.

Ramgoolam had too much to drink, Karvia said, and another friend was bringing him home when they ended up on Maple Avenue.

Authorities are investigating reports that a dark-colored sport utility vehicle was seen speeding away from the scene the night of the shooting.

People with information about the incident are asked to call police at 788-6566.

Categories: Schenectady County

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