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August 24, 2018

For Immediate Release: August 24, 2018

ALBANY, NY – A 19-year-old Binghamton man who fled from police Monday afternoon following a fight call involving a handgun has been charged.

Ellazar Williams was charged with Menacing a Police Officer and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th. Further criminal charges may be forthcoming.

On Monday, August 20, 2018 at approximately 4:30 p.m., patrol officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Central Avenue for reports of a large fight involving a handgun.

At the time of the call, Albany police detectives James Olsen, Lawrence Heid and Christopher Cornell were in the vicinity and responded to the scene. Upon their arrival, the detectives observed a male matching the description of the armed suspect and attempted to stop him as part of the investigation. As the detectives approached, Williams fled on foot to the rear of 395 Elk Street where shots were subsequently fired.

Williams was struck as a result and transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital where he is still currently admitted.

Williams was found to be in possession of a large knife at the scene. (Picture attached).

The officer involved shooting remains under investigation. At this time we have been unable to interview Williams. He is currently represented by the Albany County Public Defender’s Office.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Albany Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards at 518-462-8017.