Vermont deputy ‘victim’ in Saratoga Springs shooting


While the deputy’s account emerged from his lawyer, the other shooter’s version of the Sunday morning confrontation remains unclear.

In this image from video, Saratoga Springs police respond to a shooting, Sunday, November 20, 2022, in Saratoga Springs, NY City of Saratoga Springs via AP

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (AP) — An off-duty Vermont sheriff’s deputy who was allegedly involved in a shooting and injured on the streets of Saratoga Springs was fighting back and not realizing that police were yelling at him to drop his gun, his l attorney told a news station on Monday.

  • Vermont deputy 'victim' in Saratoga Springs shooting

    Shooting in downtown Saratoga Springs, NY, 3 injured, including off-duty Vermont sheriff’s deputy

“One hundred percent he was a victim,” Vito Caselnova IV’s attorney, Greg Teresi, told WNYT-TV/NewsChannel 13.

While Caselnova’s account emerged from his attorney, the other shooter’s version of the early Sunday confrontation remains unclear. Authorities said he was from Utica but did not release his name.

Saratoga Springs police said the shots erupted after a fight at a bar outside the city’s historic downtown. After a group of people pushed the deputy to the ground, bullets flew between him and one of his opponents, Public Safety Commissioner James Montagnino said Sunday.

Police arrived to see the deputy holding a gun, and they opened fire after he failed to respond to repeated commands to drop it, Montagnino said.

Police fired at least some of the bullets which left the 24-year-old MP with multiple injuries. The other man and Caselnova’s girlfriend were also injured. All three were hospitalized and in stable condition.

Teresi said he believed Caselnova had not heard the officers’ orders.

“The body goes into a different state – and I believe the term is ‘seeing red’ – where you’re locked up and focused on one thing,” Teresi told the news channel. “My client was only concerned about one threat at the time, the individual who had just shot him, and he was making sure that threat didn’t come back into the equation.”

The Rutland County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that Caselnova, a part-time deputy, was placed on administrative leave as New York authorities investigate.

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