The Rutland Sheriff puts the off-duty deputy at the New York shooting on unpaid leave

The Rutland County off-duty sheriff’s deputy, who was shot dead early Sunday morning in upstate New York after police said he refused officers’ orders to drop his gun, was identified as Vito Caselnova IV of Glens Falls, New York , identified. Photo via LinkedIn

The Rutland County off-duty sheriff’s deputy, who was shot dead early Sunday morning in upstate New York after police said he refused officers’ orders to drop his gun, was identified as Vito Caselnova IV of Glens Falls, New York , identified.

Rutland County Sheriff David Fox confirmed his deputy’s identity to VTDigger late Monday afternoon after refusing to do so earlier in the day. Police in Saratoga Springs, New York, where the shooting took place, also declined to identify the deputy or anyone else involved in the incident.

Fox said Caselnova, who has been with the department since 2019, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. The firearm used in Sunday’s shooting incident was not a department-issued gun, the sheriff said.

Saratoga Springs Police said late Monday afternoon that no charges had been filed and the investigation is ongoing.

Fox said Caselnova worked as a part-time deputy, averaging about three days a week, and mainly provided courthouse security.

Saratoga Springs Police reported Sunday that the MP was taken to the hospital with “multiple” gunshot wounds. Two other people in the shooting had also been hospitalized, according to police, who said all parties were either in stable condition or had been discharged.

A spokesman for Albany Medical Center in New York said Monday afternoon Caselnova was listed in fair condition.

The incident that led to the shooting happened around 3 a.m. Sunday, when police heard gunfire downtown and responded to the scene.

Police said they found two groups of people previously involved in an argument at a bar that spilled out into the street before shots were fired. According to The Times Union, a man hit the deputy sheriff on the hood of a car.

The newspaper also reported, citing Saratoga Springs Security Officer James Montagnino, that the deputy appeared armed and another man pulled out a gun and began shooting at the deputy.

Police said officers ordered everyone to drop their guns. A man later identified as Caselnova repeatedly refused to submit before officers opened fire, according to police.

According to a report by the Associated Press, a Supreme Court decision earlier this year found New York state’s licensing laws, which limit who can carry a firearm in public, to be unconstitutional.

The report added that under the revised rules, it is currently still illegal to carry a firearm in a shop serving alcohol, although this is the subject of a court challenge.

While Caselnova was originally named in news reports late Sunday night, several news organizations withdrew his name from their reports after authorities failed to confirm the identity.

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