POUGHKEEPSIE – A man was shot and killed in the City of Poughkeepsie Monday afternoon and the alleged shooter remained at the scene at 1 Morgan Avenue claiming he shot the 21-year-old victim in self-defense.
The victim, a 21-year-old Poughkeepsie man, had been shot several times and was pronounced dead just before 1 p.m. A handgun was recovered from under that man.
Newburgh Mayor Torrance Harvey said Monday evening that the victim was a relative of his.
The shooter, a 24-year-old Poughkeepsie man holds a Dutchess County pistol permit, had unloaded the handgun used prior to police arrival and placed it on the front seat of his vehicle and turned it over to police.
He was brought to police headquarters, the public defender was notified and came to headquarters to confer with the shooter. The public defender invoked the shooter’s right to remain silent.
The shooter was later released from police custody pending a grand jury investigation.
Two witnesses came to police headquarters and gave statements as to what they saw and heard.
The investigation into the incident is continuing. Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting is asked to call Poughkeepsie City Police at 845-451-7577.
According to Police Chief Thomas Pape, there were no gun-related homicides in 2017. In 2018, there were three gun-related homicides. From January 1, 2019 to date, there have been three gun-related deaths in the city, including Monday’s.