A Greece police officer shot and killed a man on Betwood Lane in Greece Thursday morning.
Just after 2 a.m., a man believed to be the victim called 911 saying he was going to kill his wife, according to Police Chief Patrick Phelan.
When the first officer arrived at the home on Betwood Lane the man approached him holding a long gun, police say. The officer directed the victim to drop the gun, but instead investigators say he pointed the gun at the officer. In response, the officer shot and killed the victim.
The officer or the victim have not been named.
The officer is a two-year veteran of the force. Chief Phelan says, “He was physically unharmed. Obviously, he has gone through a traumatic event… It’s a life-changing event.”
Police say the man’s wife was home during the incident but wasn’t aware anything was going on until after shots were fired. When asked if police thought the man was suicidal, Chief Phelan could only say,
“I have no idea. That’s certainly one possibility.”
Other than the wife, no one else was home at the time of the incident. Officers are working to notify family members of the death.
The chief expected the area near the home would be closed to traffic for most of the day.