Schenectady police have opened a homicide investigation after finding a man dead of a gunshot wound outside his home at 2436 Campbell Ave. early Saturday morning.
The man was identified as 49-year-old Charles Dembrosky, who lived on the first floor of the white, two-story duplex at the corner of Campbell Avenue and 12th Street.
Schenectady police Sgt. Matt Dearing said an individual called police around 7 a.m. to report the body. Responding officers found Dembrosky suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.
Medics from the Schenectady Fire Department treated Dembrosky but he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Dearing.
“Right now it’s being treated as a homicide investigation,” said Dearing at the scene Saturday afternoon. “Detectives from our department are working the case and have been since this morning.”
Dearing said detectives and patrol officers were in the neighborhood early Saturday morning canvassing neighbors and looking for witnesses.
He added that investigators were inside Dembrosky’s apartment looking for anything that might help the investigation.
“Obviously, we’re going through the residence to see if there may be anything of value related to what may have transpired last night,” said Dearing, noting that police do not know when Dembrosky was shot. “As for exactly what time everything transpired, it’s still too early to tell.”
Dearing said an autopsy was to be performed on Dembrosky either Saturday evening or today.
Investigators could be seen Saturday afternoon inside and behind the residence. At one point, two investigators were seen examining a walkway between the house and 12th Street.
A neighbor said that around 8 a.m. he saw police, and a body lying between the residence and 12th Street.
“He laid there for hours,” said Ralph Groves, who lives on 12th Street. Groves added that the body wasn’t taken away until sometime after 11 a.m.
Another neighbor on Campbell Avenue, who identified himself only as Frank H., said the body wasn’t taken away until 1:30 p.m. The neighbor did not know Dembrosky, he said.
Crime scene tape and Schenectady police cruisers blocked off 12th Street Saturday afternoon. A Schenectady crime scene response unit vehicle was at the scene.
The incident is being investigated by members of the Schenectady Police Department’s detective division and the evidence technician unit, police said in a news release.
Correction: The Daily Gazette had previously misspelled Dembrosky’s name, as well as listed the wrong address of the incident. This story has been updated.
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