Man killed in shootout with police
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Police have released new information about Sunday morning’s shootout in Binghamton.
Oklahoma-native Michael Eugene Spohn, 40, was shot and killed by officers in the parking lot of the Days Inn on Front Street. Police say Spohn had a blood alcohol content of .26 and was carrying a semi-automatic weapon that he did not have a New York State permit for. Spohn checked into the hotel on September 27th and was in the area working as a welder for a natural gas company.
Police responded after 2 a.m. to two separate calls that a guest was harassing the hotel’s staff and another call from someone saying they heard a gunshot. Police found Spohn in the parking lot. They say he shot at them and they returned fire.
Twelve officers were on scene and fired more than 100 rounds. Spohn only had three rounds in his weapon, something the Binghamton Police Chief says may have been intentional.
"Who knows? Maybe this guy intend for what happened to happen. You don’t get into a gun fight with the police with three bullets. It’s usually not going to work out," said Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski.
Sgt. Craig Follett was hit in the leg.
Sgt. Larry Hendrickson was hit on the hand and arm.
Both officers were treated for their injuries and released.