- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - The state attorney general has requested information from local authorities about a police officer’s fatal shooting last week of a driver who had trapped him between his car and a police vehicle.

The attorney general is authorized to investigate police shootings when either the person killed is unarmed or there are questions about the threat they posed.

Troy police said that Sgt. Randy French stopped the car shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday, the driver sped away, then hit a street barrier and was blocked between two pursuing police cars.

Police say 37-year-old Edson Thevenin’s car lurched forward and trapped French, who shot him through the windshield.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office says Friday that such requests for information are preliminary to deciding whether to launch a full investigation.

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