Police kill man who shot and killed four people in upstate New York

By Daniel S Levine,

Police have killed the man who is believed to be behind Wednesday’s fatal shootings in Herkimer County in upstate New York.

Kurt Myers, 64, of Mohawk, NY is suspected of shooting six people, leaving four dead, in shootings in Mohawk and Herkimer, after starting a fire. Firefighters went to stop the blaze, while Myers went back into the village, shooting four people at a barber shop. Two were critically wounded and two were killed. Next, he went to Herkimer, killing two others.

He left the scene, but around 1 p.m., his car was discovered in front of a Main Street building. He fired back at police, leading to a standoff that continued through this morning, notes The New York Times.

Police stormed the building Thursday morning with FBI assistance. New York Trooper Jack L. Keller told the Times that no officers were injured. A police dog was hurt, though.

Cuomo issued a statement on Facebook, confirming the operation. He stated, “We commend the courage and extraordinary efforts of the state police, the FBI, and local law enforcement officials in finding the suspect and ending this horrific spree of violence and bloodshed. It is now time for mourning those who we lost in this senseless act of violence.

“In the darkest of times, the bravery, kindness, and the spirit of community of New Yorkers shines the brightest, and that is what we saw yesterday in Herkimer and Mohawk as the community came together during this difficult time. The thoughts and prayers of my family and of all New Yorkers are with the friends and loved ones of the victims.”

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