Shooting Suspect Killed In Police Shootout
Authorities say the suspect in the fatal shooting of four men in neighboring Herkimer County villages was holed up in a small, cluttered room in an abandoned bar when he died in a shootout with police SWAT teams.
State police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico says 64 year old Kurt Myers fired through a first-floor door after troopers and FBI agents entered around 8 a.m. Thursday, killing an FBI dog sent into the room.
D'Amico says police returned fire, killing Myers.
His death ended a nearly 19-hour standoff that began after police say he killed four men and wounded two others at a barber shop in Mohawk and a car care business in Herkimer.
D'Amico says police still don't know why Myers went on the shooting rampage, which started with a fire in his apartment in the nearby village of Mohawk on Wednesday morning.
Residents say they barely knew Myers, who rarely spoke.
One person called him "just an odd little man."
More information, meanwhile, is coming out on the six men Myers shot.
Among the four killed are a veteran prison guard, a retired correction officer and a car care worker who played guitar at his local church.
Michael Renshaw and Thomas Stefka were killed at Gaffey's Fast Lube and Car Wash in Herkimer.
Renshaw was a 23-year employee of the state corrections department who worked at Mid-State Correctional Facility near Utica.
Stefka worked at Gaffey's and attended Mohawk Reform Church, where he played guitar during services.
The other two men were killed minutes earlier at John's Barber Shop in Mohawk: 68-year-old Harry Montgomery and 57-year-old Michael Ransear, a retired prison guard.
The shop's owner and another customer were wounded.
Thursday, March 5, 2015, Watertown, NY
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