UPDATE: Police identify man fatally shot by Warwick police

Shooting took place on Wheeler Avenue during domestic dispute call


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BY ERIKA NORTON

A man wielding a knife was shot and killed by a Warwick police officer responding to a reported domestic dispute, according to the Warwick police in a filmed press conference.

The state police confirmed Monday that the man fatally shot was 37-year-old Dwayne Clyburn.

Two Warwick police officers responded to a residence on Wheeler Avenue in the village at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, Warwick Police Lt. Thomas Maslanka told reporters on Saturday. Upon arrival, Maslanka said the officers encountered Clyburn armed with a knife.

Clyburn attempted to advance on the officers with the knife, Maslanka said, and the officers ordered him to drop his weapon, but he would not comply. Subsequently, the officers discharged the weapon and struck Clyburn.

Clyburn was injured and transported to St. Anthony’s Community Hospital in Warwick, where he was pronounced dead, Maslanka said.

The New York State Police and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office are handling the investigation into the shooting.

Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said in the short press conference Saturday that “a grand jury will make the final determination on whether this shooting is justified or not justified.”

Warwick Police Chief Thomas McGovern directed The Warwick Advertiser to online video of the short press conference and said that the information given on Saturday afternoon is the only information they are releasing at this time.

McGovern said that the last police shooting in Warwick was 14 years ago. He did not know whether police had been called to this residence before.



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