Updated 03/02/2012 12:37 PM
Report issued on Falcone shooting
It's been a little more than a year since three people, including a Poughkeepsie Police Officer, were shot and killed near the train station. Now, new details have been released regarding the deadly shooting. Our Beth Croughan has more.
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- "The fact that his gun was jammed, that police didn't shoot him, whether or not they had the right to shoot him, shows the kind of restraint that they were willing to use under the circumstances, which was a very dangerous situation," said the Dutchess County District Attorney's Special Investigations Bureau Chief Edward Whitesell.
Poughkeepsie Police Detective John Falcone instead, appeared to put his gun in his holster and approached Lee Welch, 27. That's according to a report released by the Dutchess County District Attorney's office detailing the events of February 18th, 2011. When Falcone grabbed Welch around the waist, the report said, Welch grabbed his gun.
"One to shoot Officer Falcone, one was a shot fired at one of the detectives who was there and the third shot, which took his own life," Whitesell explained.
In total, six shots were fired from two different guns on that deadly day here in Poughkeepsie. None were fired by Poughkeepsie police officers, he said.
"And when you get there, you have a person who is clearly in distress. Whether they knew he was shot or not at that point. And who knows, is he a victim, is he a perpetrator? And it's always important to remember in this case, that they didn't know about Jessica Welch," he described of the situation.
But they did find out about her death later and about the couple's long history of domestic violence, which the report showed dates back to 2003. Investigators also found notes left by Lee Welch indicating his intent to die. One started out..."On my ending day."
"This was really a result of Lee welch's desire to, in our view, probably to kill himself," said Whitesell.