Saratoga Springs, N.Y. — On Nov 20, 2022, round 3:00 a.m. an off-duty deputy from the Rutland County Sheriff’s Office was attacked by a group of about three people on Sunday at the intersection of Caroline Street and Broadway in Saratoga Springs. After the deputy displayed a gun, one of the men in the group fired, with the deputy firing back. Police say seven to eight shots were in the exchange.
Saratoga Springs police officers patrolling in the nightlife district heard shots fired on Broadway, about a block away from their location. The Vermont deputy did not comply when asked to drop the weapon several times. When the sheriff’s deputy, who was not in uniform, didn’t drop his weapon, Saratoga Springs officers opened fire. The deputy, who was not immediately identified, suffered 10 bullet wounds, including one to the chest, but was conscious and was expected to survive. The deputy’s girlfriend was grazed by the gunfire and is also in stable condition at this time.
The deputy had gotten into a barroom argument with a group of three people from Utica. After the fight spilled onto the street, the deputy showed his weapon and the Utica man drew his, which was when gunfire broke out. Seven to eight shots were fired between the two, and the deputy shot the Utica man. All three gunshot victims were in stable condition at a hospital. Authorities didn’t identify them. The Saratoga Springs officers who fired weapons have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation “to find out if any policies or protocols were violated,” Saratoga Springs Police Sgt. Paul Veitch said. That investigation is set to be conducted by the Saratoga Springs Police Department, he said.