Monday's double homicide in Liverpool sent both village police and Sheriff's deputies racing to the home on Second Street. The suspect was gone by the time officers arrived, but they were able to take him into custody after a chase that ended in Onondaga Lake. Our Candace Hopkins has more on that story from one of the men who followed the suspect into the lake.
LIVERPOOL, N.Y. -- Justin Dallas, 26, is now in custody, accused of stabbing his wife, Brandy, and her friend, Samantha Rainwater, to death. But without the sharp eye of one police officer and the others who followed Dallas into the frigid water at Onondaga Lake, he could have escaped.
It was late Monday morning when Liverpool Police Chief Don Morris heard the call for help go out. It was dispatched as a stabbing, with one victim with a leg wound. But the first crews who arrived at 915 Second Street quickly realized the situation was much worse.
"When the units arrived on scene and started calling out for additional ambulances and the fact that they had two people who were unresponsive, it obviously was more than what we expected," said Liverpool Police Chief Don Morris. "Unfortunately, these events can happen anywhere."
Liverpool Police Chief Don Morris was among those who was quickly en route to the home. During the drive, a description of the suspect and the stolen car he was driving came over the radio. Morris quickly realized that car had just passed him. A quick u-turn was the start of a chase into the village.
Within moments, a Sheriff's deputy appeared from the other direction. Despite being surrounded by police, the suspect did his best to escape, any way possible.
Morris said, "I got on the radio and advised the unit that the car was headed in his direction and from my perspective, it appeared the vehicle tried to hit into the Sheriff's vehicle and it continued on Second Street with me behind it."
The collision was avoided and the suspect continued to drive, until he parked the car at Onondaga Lake Park and ran straight into the water. Two deputies and Morris followed him in and were able to drag him out within a couple minutes.
Morris says the capture shows just how important team work can be during an incident like this.
"I think this was a great example of cooperation between our department and the Sheriff's department and the deputies and the officers that we had working, everyone worked together. It's a tragic incident, but at least we were able to apprehend the suspect quickly and get him off the street," Morris said.
Chief Morris says while he and the deputies were only in the water for a few seconds, in the chilly water, it felt a lot longer. But they all jumped in without any hesitation.