NYSP investigating officer-involved shooting in Jefferson County

CHAUMONT, N.Y. (WWTI) – The New York State Police are continuing their investigation of an alleged incident that prompted Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies to shoot a Chaumont man wielding a knife on early Saturday morning.

In a press release from state police, authorities supplied more details about an incident that occurred just outside of Chaumont on County Route 12E. The names of the deputies involved were also released in the statement.

NYSP officials added that sheriff’s deputies Brian Hanlin and Nolan Drake responded to a report of a ‘domestic incident’ at a residence at 12840 Route 12E.

While the deputies were approaching the scene, 68-year-old Brian Countryman was alleged to have ran towards the pair from the driveway while “brandishing a knife.”

 The statement added that the officers retreated while giving verbal commands to drop the weapon, which Countryman did not. The man pursued the deputies with the weapon, and the officers fired shots at Countryman. The pair of officers immediately detained him and rendered aid while awaiting the arrival of emergency personnel.

Countryman was transported to Samaritan Medical Center where he is listed in stable but critical condition. However, neither sheriff’s deputy was injury.

The state police took over the investigation at the request of Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Barnett. The investigation is still ongoing.

The following agencies responded to the scene, including the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Jefferson County Office of Fire & Emergency Management, Cape Vincent Ambulance Squad and Chaumont First Responders.

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