Audio tapes detail dramatic events of Troy police shootout

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Two Troy police officers continue to recover after a weekend shootout while the Collar City is still shaken by the incident.

A carjacking suspect is dead, and two troy police officers remain in the hospital after being involved in a shootout Saturday night. On Monday, investigators continued to sweep the crime scene at 112th Street and 5th Avenue where the shooting took place.

Officer Joshua Comitale (Troy PD)
Officer Joshua Comitale (Troy PD)

Officer Joshua Comitale responded to a call near 114th Street and 2nd Avenue for an attempted carjacking suspect who was armed. That suspect was later identified as 39-year-old Thaddeus Faison, of Albany.

Police said when Faison took off running when Officer Chad Klein arrived for back-up. Gunfire was exchanged.

Troy Police Chief John Tedesco said at least 20 shots were fired. They hit random buildings. He called it a reckless scene and they found Officer Comitale in a parking lot.

Officer Chad Klein (Troy PD)
Officer Chad Klein (Troy PD)

Officer Comitale was shot in both legs, and Officer Klein was hit in the shoulder. They are recovering at Albany Medical Center.

Faison later died from his injuries.

Friends and family set up a memorial for Faison on 7th Avenue where they said he spent most of his time.

“We’re here to support him,” friend India Thomas said.

Faison’s friends and family were still in shock of how Saturday night unfolded. They wish it had a different ending.

“He was a real good person, and I don’t want people to look at him as, like, a gang member or anything like that,” Thomas said.

Friends set up another memorial at the crime scene.

Officer Comitale is said to be doing better and continues to improve. Officer Klein remains on the mend and is expected to return home soon.

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