Police release dash cam video of shooting at traffic stop
GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) — Police dash camera video released Tuesday by authorities shows an officer firing at an ex-convict from North Carolina after the man pointed a gun during a traffic stop in western New York three weeks ago.
The July 18 video released by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office shows a village of Geneseo police officer approaching an SUV as David Clyde Morgan and his girlfriend, Sandra Brown, exit the vehicle. Officer Dylan DiPasquale retreats behind his vehicle when he sees Morgan holding what appears to be a handgun.
The video shows Morgan aiming at DiPasquale while Brown points what turned out to be a cellphone. Morgan then ducks as the officer fires once at him and misses. Morgan and Brown hid behind the front of the SUV before fleeing into a roadside cornfield as DiPasquale can be heard telling dispatchers, “Shots fired. He pointed right at me.”
Brown was caught soon afterward. Morgan, who’s on federal probation, remains at large despite days of extensive searches by multiple law enforcement agencies.
Authorities said Morgan, of Wilmington, North Carolina, pleaded guilty in 2002 to drug conspiracy charges. He was released from prison in March 2017. He was on federal probation at the time he was pulled over on Route 63 in Geneseo, a rural state college town 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Rochester.
Sheriff Thomas Dougherty said he doesn’t believe Morgan is still in the area and there’s no evidence that he took his own life.
“Can I say 100 percent that he is not in Livingston County? No, but in my opinion it would be hard to believe he’s here,” Dougherty said during a news conference. “I believe he is long gone.”
Brown remains in the local jail after being charged with menacing a police officer and possession of stolen property.
Police say the SUV the couple was traveling in had been stolen in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Court documents indicate Morgan may have fled North Carolina after an early July raid at his home there yielded 3 pounds of marijuana.
This story corrects name of county to Livingston County instead of Geneseo County and corrects shooting involved officer instead of deputy.
Information from: WHEC-TV, http://www.10nbc.com