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  • Suspect's Father Apologizes For Son's Actions

    Wow. Instead of asking why they didn't pepper-spray or taser his shotgun-wielding son, a Father actually apologizes for the actions of his son.

    Is our civilian population finally learning that you don't bring pepper-spray or a taser to a gunfight?

    Oh wait, the Father's a cop. Nevermind...

    Marietta, N.Y. man shot by police after confrontation

    State troopers shot and wounded a man Saturday night when he pulled a shotgun on them after a chase and traffic stop, according to state police at Horseheads.

    The incident began about 10 p.m. when Joel Shelley, 23, of Marietta, N.Y., illegally pulled into a U-turn on state Route 17 in the Town of Nichols to ask a state trooper for directions, according to a state police news release.

    When the trooper asked Shelley for identification, the driver allegedly pointed a loaded 20-gauge shotgun at the trooper and then fled in a gray Subaru.

    Shelley, who is listed in serious condition at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, has been identified as the son of a sergeant with the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office.

    Reports on the police scanner had Shelley fleeing west on Route 17, getting off at Exit 61, one of the two Sayre exits, and driving north on state Route 34 from Waverly toward Spencer.

    Police from throughout the area gave chase, driving both north and south on Route 34 and setting up watch points at several intersections.

    Trooper Jeffrey Grebleski, of the Horseheads barracks, and Trooper Jerry Segur, of the Wellsburg substation, spotted Shelley around 10:20 p.m. as he was traveling north on Route 34 in the Town of Barton near the Chemung County line, state police said.

    Shelley initially ignored directives to pull over, and then abruptly stopped the vehicle and got out, armed with a shotgun.

    Shelley approached the troopers in an aggressive manner, forcing them to open fire, striking him several times, according to the news release.

    Shelley was transported to Packer by the Greater Valley Ambulance. He was listed in serious condition Sunday afternoon.

    An uncle told The Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse that he is expected to survive. He declined to comment further.

    The investigation is continuing, and charges against Shelley are pending, police said.

    State police at Canandaigua said more information in the case may be released Monday.

    State police said the shotgun Shelley was using may belong to a member of his family, but they do not think it's a sheriff's-issued firearm.

    Shelley is the son of Toby Shelley, who has been a road patrol deputy for 16 years. Toby Shelley ran for Onondaga County sheriff in November but came in third.

    In an interview with The Post-Standard, Toby Shelley apologized to the law enforcement community for his son's actions.

    A Democrat, Toby Shelley recently announced that he is running for the county legislature seat that represents Otisco.

  • #2
    Sounds like a suicide attempt.


    • #3
      I have actually run into a lot of citizens that would apologize for the stupid actions of their family that forced an officer to use force. Most of the people that hold that opinion also come from decent, law abiding, responsible families, where the concept of doing something so stupid is extremely rare. I am first generation police and there is no doubt in my mind that if my dad had found police beating me on the side of the road with batons, he would have borrowed one and added a few licks himself.


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