We now know the details leading up to Tuesday night's officer involved shooting. Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh says deputies shot and killed Michael Sica, 57. Walsh says he pointed his weapon at deputies on two separate occasions in addition to firing a gun. Iris St. Meran has more.
ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Michael Sica lived at his home on Aitchison Road in the Town of Onondaga with his parents. It was his parents who initially called 911, concerned about their son because he made threats about suicide, shooting officers and said he left to get rifles and ammunition.
The red police lights are flashing where Michael Sica, 57, had been living with his parents, Adolf and Marilyn, on Aitchison Road in Onondaga.
Sheriff Kevin Walsh says just before six, his parents called police because their son had been making threats about suicide and shooting police and he was going to get ammunition and rifles from his storage unit. They left the home fearing their safety.
When the first responding deputy arrived, he saw a car that matched the description of Sica's pull into the driveway. The deputy ordered Sica out of the car and noticed he was carrying ammunition and had a rifle in the car.
"What he didn't see immediately was that the driver had a pistol, which he pulled and stuck in the deputy's face. The deputy quickly retreated and got to safety and called for backup units," sad Onondaga county Sheriff Kevin Walsh.
When backup units arrived, Walsh said they observed Sica enter his garage. There was discussion about him dropping his rifle, but also about him having a shootout. Eventually, investigators say Sica tossed his rifle out of the garage. Deputies then heard a shot. They approached the garage, thinking Sica might have committed suicide.
Walsh said, "When they pushed the door open, he was sitting inside. He raised his pistol, then the deputies responded by shooting him."
They called for an ambulance and Sica was pronounced dead at the scene.
Walsh wouldn't comment on if this was a suicide by cop situation. He did say there appeared to be emotional issues.
Sica lived at the home with his parents and worked as a corrections officer in the county until 1999. He was separated from his wife and has an adult child.
The sheriff said the deputies did what they were trained to do, but the District Attorney wouldn't comment on if this was justified or not.
"I'll save that until after a grand jury hears the case, which is standard procedure. That way there is no question," said Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick says that will probably take place within the next couple of weeks.
Walsh says the deputies are doing okay and are on administrative leave and have met with a counselor. Their names will be released later this week.
Press conference:Authorities gave an update on a fatal officer involved shooting that took place Tuesday night. You can watch that press conference below.
YNN CNY: Sheriff gives update on fatal officer involved shooting
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