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Off-Duty Albany Police Officer In Fatal Shooting Resigns, Pleads To DWAI

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

An off-duty Albany police officer who fatally shot a man who tried to rob him at a prostitute's home in Utica has resigned and pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired.

The Albany Times Union reports that Christofer Kitto pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of DWAI Tuesday to satisfy a charge of patronizing a prostitute. He and his attorney declined to speak to reporters as they left court in Utica.

Kitto has not been charged with the January shooting death of 35-year-old Shatelle Hooks of Syracuse. Police say Kitto had been at the nearby Turning Stone Casino before going to meet a prostitute, and that Hooks tried to rob him.

Utica police and Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara said their investigation of the shooting is ongoing.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.