TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove has announced he is recusing himself from the investigation into the August 15 officer-involved shooting of Dahmeek McDonald.
Abelove said Wednesday he has determined a conflict of interest exists which necessitates his recusal from the investigation.
“While I am certain that my office has the ability to conduct a fair and impartial prosecution in this matter, the aforementioned conflict requires my office to seek recusal,” said DA Abelove in a statement Wednesday.
Abelove has requested the court appoint a Special District Attorney to investigate the officer-involved shooting.
Dahmeek McDonald was shot and injured by an officer during a traffic stop in Troy on August 15.
No firearm has yet been discovered.
The investigation into the officer-involved shooting is still ongoing.