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Troy police release names of officers involved in shooting Sunday

Troy police release names of officers involved in shooting Sunday

Troy police today released the names of the officers involved in Sunday morning’s shooting and the n

Troy police today released the names of the officers involved in Sunday morning’s shooting and the name of the man killed.

Police identified the shooting victim as 37-year-old Edson Thevenin, of Watervliet.

Police said Thevenin fled a traffic stop then used his car as a weapon, pinning a Troy police sergeant with the vehicle early Sunday morning.

The officer, now identified as Sgt. Randy French, then opened fire on the driver, firing eight shots to stop him.

French, a 12-year veteran of the department, suffered soft tissue and possible ligament damage, but is not believed to have broken bones.

Police also identified Capt. Matt Montanino as being present for the shooting. Montanino had blocked in Thevenin before Thevenin rammed Montanino’s car, then pinned French. Montanino was not injured.

Troy police are handling the investigation. Police chief John Tedesco said at a press conference that the investigation so far has led them to determine the shooting to be within the law and abiding by department policy.

The incident began around 3:15 a.m. Sunday on Sixth Avenue, between Hutton and Hoosick Street, police said.

French attempted to pull over Thevenin for suspected driving while intoxicated. The driver stopped, but tried to strike the officer with his car and drove off.

The officer pursued him north on Sixth, then east on Hoosick Street. The driver attempted to make a U-turn on the westbound side of the Collar City Bridge, but struck a barrier, police said.

The officer blocked the vehicle from the front and got out to take the driver into custody after Montanino blocked the suspect’s car from behind.

But the driver reversed, struck Montanino’s police car, then drove forward into French, pinning him against his own patrol car, police said.

The pinned officer responded by firing into the car, hitting Thevenin. Additional officers arrived and helped in move the suspect’s car to free the still-pinned officer, police said.

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