- Associated Press - Friday, August 5, 2016

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a 41-year-old man fatally shot during a street melee in Syracuse was hit by a bullet fired by a police officer responding to an earlier shooting.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports (http://bit.ly/2aDMoHV ) Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick says Friday that Officer Kelsey Francemone shot Gary Porter on the night of June 19 after a fight broke out and gunfire erupted during a neighborhood party.

Fitzpatrick says Francemone saw Porter firing a gun and shot him once.

Porter’s 31-year-old fiancee was wounded in the leg. Authorities haven’t determined who shot her.

Before Friday’s announcement authorities hadn’t said whether Porter had been hit by police gunfire.

Fitzpatrick said a grand jury has cleared the officer of any wrongdoing. He said witnesses told police that Francemone ordered Porter to drop his weapon but he refused.



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