Schenectady police shooting aired on Facebook Live

Man who was shot listed in stable condition
Anthony Logan, 23, on the second-floor porch of 535 Mumford St. on Monday.
Anthony Logan, 23, on the second-floor porch of 535 Mumford St. on Monday.

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Police shot a man in a Monday morning incident on Mumford Street that was captured and broadcast by a bystander on Facebook Live, according to the video and police.

Police identified the man Monday evening as Anthony Logan, 23. He survived the shooting — and the more than two hours it took for police to ensure the house was safe to enter. Police said Logan was at Albany Medical Center in stable condition.

Police responded to 535 Mumford St. just before 10 a.m. for a reported domestic dispute. 

WARNING: Video of the shooting was captured on Facebook Live. The shooting occurs near the 25-minute mark. Graphic video and language.

Shots rang out at least 25 minutes after they arrived when Logan, standing on the second-floor porch, appeared to make a quick movement with his right arm, as captured by the Facebook Live video.

The videographer, Schenectady resident Robert van Outlar, said he saw a gun in the suspect’s hand, leading to multiple shots from officers. The officers had taken up positions behind patrol cars within sight of the porch.

“It looked like a handgun,” van Outlar told The Gazette later by phone. 

“The blink of an eye,” van Outlar said of the time between when he saw the gun and the shots ring out, “not even. It felt like time stopped and was going fast, if that makes any sense.”

Police continued with their guns trained on the porch for more than two hours. An officer on a loudspeaker repeated demands about a gun.

A SWAT team went into the house after 12:30 p.m. and paramedics got the man to Albany Medical Center.

Police spokesman Matthew Dearing confirmed the incident began after police were called for a domestic disturbance between a man and a woman.

Dearing also confirmed officers fired during the encounter and Logan was struck. 

He said detectives had yet to gain access to the home to collect evidence as of Monday evening. Police and paramedics pulled Logan out and then police pulled back to seek a search warrant.

Police also continued to work and gather other video and audio captured from the scene, including dashcam footage and audio from police officer microphones, Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney said.

Regarding the Facebook Live video itself, Carney said, that, while it’s difficult to see what Logan had in his hand, Logan “certainly made an aggressive motion.”

“He reached seemingly under the railing and quickly raised his arm and immediately thrust it toward the officers in a very aggressive gesture,” Carney said.

The investigation continues.

Family members and friends of the man watched the early events after the shooting.

Raylon Chaires, who identified himself as a cousin of Logan, said he saw the shooting from his home across the street.

“He was standing up there on the top porch, and they [police] shot up there like 12 times,” Chaires said. 

Chaires said he didn’t see his cousin with a gun but left open the possibility that he had one.

Chaires was one of several family members of Logan who implored officers to send paramedics in the aftermath of the shooting. 

Logan first appeared on the porch about 11 minutes prior to the shooting, according to the Facebook Live video.

Officers, guns trained on the porch, yelled for him to show them his hands. The man reached down as if to pick something up. Officers yelled in response. The man then stood back up.

“Show me your hands!” an officer yells. “Put your hands up and come downstairs!”

Logan then went inside.

He returned to the porch twice more before his final exit. One of those appearances lasted about four minutes. 

Two people were seen coming out of the building — a man about five minutes prior to the shots and a woman about two minutes prior. Police directed both up the sidewalk.

The shots came about 25 minutes into the video. 

Logan immediately drops out of sight.

Logan slowly gets back up about 30 minutes after the shooting. His once white t-shirt is soaked red. After about a minute standing, he falls back to the porch floor.

Van Outlar, the videographer, said he came upon the scene after leaving a morning spiritual meeting across the street at Bethel A.M.E. Church. He had the day off from work and intended to get breakfast when he realized police had arrived.

He started loading video to his phone, but soon switched to Facebook Live to ensure he didn’t run out of space.

Police have spoken with him about what he saw, he said.

Records indicate Logan remained on parole in connection with a 2012 Schenectady gun case.

Logan, then with an address of 533 Mumford St., was accused Oct. 23, 2012, of possessing a loaded .25-caliber pistol at a Paige Street address. 

Logan pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and received two years, six months in prison. 

After his release, police arrested him again in August 2015 on a parole warrant and misdemeanor resisting arrest, records show. 

Police made that arrest at a Hulett Street address after he ran inside to escape parole officers. A police K9 located him inside the apartment and he was arrested after initially refusing to get on the floor, according to papers filed in that case.

His most recent release from prison came in March, records show. He is to remain on parole until May 2018.

The incident comes nearly a year after two city police detectives shot and killed Joshua Scism, June 13, 2016. Police said Scism pointed a gun at detectives, prompting them to open fire.

The Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office continues to investigate Scism’s death.

Monday’s shooting also comes about a month after the in-custody death of Andrew Kearse. 

Police arrested Kearse after a foot chase May 11. He complained of feeling dizzy en route to police headquarters and died later at the hospital.

The state police are investigating Kearse’s death and have yet to announce their findings.

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