Body Camera Video from Maybrook Shooting Released
GOSHEN, N.Y. -- Body camera footage of the final minutes of a confrontation between police and a 28-year-old man this week in Maybrook was released to the public Thursday.
Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler, giving an update on Tuesday’s police shootout that ended with 28-year-old Anthony Bostick dead, said police responded to a domestic dispute call and said officers ended up in a standoff with Bostick.
"Mr. Bostick refused to open the door and refused to cooperate with the police,” Hoovler said. "They had probable cause to arrest Anthony Bostick for misdemeanor offenses related to domestic violence."
The video shows officers approached Bostick initially with a taser.
"Once they were in the residence on the third floor, they discovered that he had barricaded himself in and placed various items of furniture and other items in front of the doorways," Hoovler said.
Hoovler said the video then shows Bostick firing at police.
"They encountered him at the end of a hallway near a bathroom, and a confrontation occurred where Mr. Bostick fired on the police, first striking Chief Butch Amthor, and as a result, another officer returned fire," Hoovler said.
Amthor was shot in the shoulder. The video then shows the crossfire between Bostick and police. In the video, officers are heard saying Bostick shot himself. Hoovler said a robot was sent in to confirm Bostick was dead.
Village of Maybrook Mayor Dennis Leahy says the chief is home recovering and says police officers are receiving counseling.
"It could have been a lot worse, and I think what happens is that it shows other communities that this can happen anywhere," Leahy said. "You have to be on your guard every day, and this is what police officers do: They put their lives at risk every day they leave their homes."
The autopsy has not been release,d and the district attorney said the investigation is still ongoing and that he plans to present the case to a grand jury.