New York officers hospitalized after shootout, gunman dead

Photo courtesy News10 in Troy, New York following a shooting on Aug. 23, 2015 when two officers were injured.

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Two Troy officers are in the hospital with serious injuries after being shot by an attempted carjacking suspect.

Troy police responded Saturday night for a call of an attempted carjacking suspect with a gun.

Officer Joshua Comitale (Troy PD)
Officer Joshua Comitale (Troy PD)

The first officer closest to the scene was Officer Joshua Comitale. He encountered the suspect in the area and called out that he had a person fitting the description. According to police, Comitale waited for back up to get closer before attempting to stop the suspect.

Police said Comitale continued to follow the suspect in his patrol car.

As the backup officer, Officer Chad Klein, came into the area, the suspect began to flee, according to police. Comitale gave chase and the suspect and the officers exchanged gunfire.

Comitale sustained gunshot wounds to both of his lower legs, and Klein sustained a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

“It’s very stressful, and it tugs at your heart,” Troy Police Captain Dan DeWolf said. “I mean, you think about yourself and what your family would be going through if that was you.”

The suspect sustained gunshot wounds and continued to resist as officers were handcuffing him, police said. The suspect later died of his injuries. The name of the suspect has not been released pending notification of next of kin.

“They’re well-equipped, they’re well-trained, and they’re not complacent and so, as a result of that, the suspect is dead that shot the two officers,” DeWolf said. “And our officers, God willing, are going to be okay, and that was a result of their excellent training and because they’re good officers, and they did a great job.”

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

Officers Comitale and Klein are being treated at Albany Medical Center.

“It is going way too far,” DeWolf said. “I mean, it’s just…it’s just crazy. It shouldn’t be like this. Ridiculous. The violence is just out of hand.”

Comitale is a seven-year member of the Troy Police Department. Klein is a 9-year member of the Troy Police Department and is an Air Force Reserve Veteran and served in the Gulf War.

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