New York Attorney General Letitia James released bodycam video from an officer-involved shooting in Saranac Lake weeks ago.
Police responded to the Stewart’s Shop on Bloomingdale Avenue for a reported stabbing June 29. Police approached the suspect, 33-year-old Joshua Kavota, who proceeded to tell police that a man assaulted him and trespassed on his property.
Officer Gabrielle Beebe can be heard asking for the knife in Kavota’s hand. The video goes on to show Beebe fall backward and her partner, Officer Aaron Sharlow, appear to fire two shots that hit Kavota in the chest.
About one minute after the shooting, Beebe is seen putting on gloves and administering medical aid. She can be heard saying “he’s not breathing.”
Kavota was later pronounced dead. Both officers are on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.
James’ office says the release of the footage is not an expression of any opinion as to the guilt or innocence of any party. After reviewing the footage, the Adirondack Diversity Initiative said “it does not believe it was a racially motivated incident.”
James office has posted the video on its website.