"America’s Most Wanted" has joined the hunt for the black male in the white hoodie sought for questioning by Utica police, and the syndicated national television program’s web site is carrying new details about the murder of Utica Police Officer Thomas M. Lindsey. According to a case profile posted today at www.amw.com, the black male "walked down the street and ambushed" Officer Lindsey during the traffic stop in the 1100 block of Neilson Street Thursday night. This is based on a statement from the male driver, who told police "he was scared for his life, and for the life of a young child in the car, so he pulled away," according to the AMW web site.
So it looks like my paranoid buddy's theory about an execution style murder might be correct after all. Which raises the extremely troubling question of why someone targeted Officer Lindsey in particular. His involvement in a drug raid as a member of the tac squad? A case he worked on in the past? Something outside of his professional work?
District Attorney Scott D. McNamara declined to comment on the contents of the web site. Capt. Mark W. Williams, the UPD’s media liaison, expressed surprise when told about the posting and said this morning "I don’t think that’s accurate." Williams said he spoke with Chief Pylman on the matter, but cannot personally comment on the veracity of AMW’s report.
If it's not correct it's the kind of information release that calls for a corrective press conference. Because, you know, idiots on the internet could interpret it the wrong way and think something sinister was going on.
John Leiberman, the case agent for America’s Most Wanted, said today that he has been in contact with officials on every level of the investigation. "We’ve been in constant touch with them about the case," Leiberman said, adding that more new information will be released on the web site today. "Our hope is that the driver of the car will be forthcoming with police...they believe he was not completely forthcoming" after questioning.
Read the rest of the article. It puts a new, and rather troubling, spin on the events the night of the shooting.