Troy cop cleared of charges after fatal summer shootout

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A grand jury won’t file charges against the Troy police officer who shot and killed a man during a summer gunfight.

Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove said a grand jury found Troy Police Officer Josh Comitale was justified in using deadly force against 39-year-old Thaddeus Faison.

Officer Comitale
Officer Comitale

On August 22, Officer Comitale and Officer Chad Klein were responding to a 911 call about an attempted carjacking when they said Faison opened fire, which led to a gunfight at 112th Street and 5th Avenue in Lansingburgh.

“The culpability in this case lays at the feet of Mr. Faison,” Abelove said. “He fired first. He could have ended this when instructed to do so, and he did not.”

Both officers were injured. Klein was shot in the shoulder, and Comitale was shot in both legs.

thaddeus-faison

“Faison shot officer Chad Klein at point blank range as he approached in his vehicle,” Abelove described. “Shot him through the window of his vehicle striking him in the shoulder. Within seconds Officer Comitale returned fire.”

Faison was shot multiple times and died from his injuries. Troy Police Chief John Tedesco said both Officers Klein and Comitale are still recovering from their injuries.

“I do not consider this matter over until these two officers have returned to duty,” he said. “They’re families have been through a lot. We thank them for the support they gave the officers, and I thank all the members of the Troy Police Department for carrying on.”

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

The criminal investigation has come to an end, according to Abelove.

“Any loss of life is tragic,” he said. “This certainly could have ended much, much worse, and we’re very thankful that both of the officers weren’t hurt worse than they were. And we’re very thankful they’re recovering from their injuries and are on the road to a full recovery, which is what we hope they can make.”

Faison’s family has been informed of the grand jury’s decision.

While the criminal investigation is over, an internal investigation will continue for at least another month. Once the internal investigation is complete, surveillance video of the gunfight is expected to be released.

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