Video obtained of Schenectady officer-involved shooting

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – NEWS10 has obtained the dash camera video recorded during the officer-involved shooting death of a 32-year-old Schenectady man in August 2011.

Three Schenectady police officers were cleared of charges in the shooting death of 32-year-old Luis Rivera, after a Schenectady County grand jury found they were justified in using deadly force. The video was finally released Friday by the City of Schenectady after repeated Freedom of Information Law requests were made by the media.

Rivera was killed August 12, 2011 during an officer-involved shooting around 4:30 p.m. on State Street, near Grove Place. Calls went in to Schenectady Police that afternoon saying there was a man in the area with a gun. Officers Kevin Rayball and Michael Wood, and Sgt. William Fennel responded to the scene and attempted to stop and arrest Rivera once they saw he was armed.

The dash cam video shows Rivera having a brief struggle with officers before taking off out of the view of the camera. Police say, at that point, Rivera reached for his gun, causing officers to shoot at him, firing 14 shots toward him in just over 4 seconds.

Rivera was shot once in the back and once in the back of the leg.

At some point during the incident, Rivera threw his gun.

The officers involved were put on administrative leave after the incident.

All three officers voluntarily testified in front of the grand jury on what happened and the dash cam tape was given to the jury as evidence. The criminal case against the officers was then dropped.

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