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Video: N.Y. sheriff supports deputy after release of video in fatal shooting

The video of the incident comes from a security camera at a home facing a parking lot; the officer had not turned on his body camera


Onondaga County Sheriff Tobias Shelley gave an update on the two teens killed when two cars were pursued and a sheriff’s deputy fired at the car that charged him with the teens inside Wednesday, September 6, 2023.

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Onondaga County Sheriff Toby Shelley Tuesday afternoon issued a statement saying he supports the deputy who fatally shot two Syracuse teens in a stolen vehicle last week.

The sheriff issued the statement after the state Attorney General’s Office released a video of the shooting on Sept. 6 in the parking lot of a mobile home park in DeWitt. The video comes from a security camera at a home facing the parking lot; the officer had not turned on his body camera.

This is the full statement Shelley released:

“I am aware the Attorney General Office released the video today from the Officer Involved Shooting which occurred on September 6th 2023 with a member from my office. As I stated then and will again, I support Deputy (John ) Rosello.”

“I also support our legal process in this country and my office will continue to corporate with the Attorney General’s Office in any way we can. The Sheriff’s Office will not have any further comments until the investigation is complete. Please refer any further questions to the Attorney General’s Office.”

This is the video released by the AG’s Office:

The teens killed are Dhal Apet, 17, and Lueth Mo, 15. The sheriff’s office identified John Rosello, 34, as the deputy who fired three shots that killed the teens.

Shelley, in defending the deputy, said last week that Rosello was not able to get out of the car’s way because he was in a narrow space between his patrol vehicle and the workbench. That led him to fire at the car, he said.

The video released by the AG’s Office shows the deputy getting out of the way of the car as it leaves the parking lot.

After the shooting, the car with Apet and Mo fled and ended up crashing on Mooney Avenue in Syracuse where one teen was found dead and the other dying. The driver fled the scene.

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