Suspect in shootout dies from injuries

Agostino Jubrey, 21, died on the afternoon of Friday, July 22, from injuries sustained in a shootout with Colonie police on Wednesday, July 20.

There was a long series of events that led to the shootout, which included a hit-and-run and the dismantling of a drug lab.

The incident started in the town of Kinderhook where Jubrey was returning from visiting a friend at the Austerliz campgrounds in Columbia County. According to New York State Police Troop K, his friend had allegedly set up a drug lab in a tent, creating what Colonie police said were ecstasy-like drugs.

According to police reports, Jubrey hit a motorcyclist with his vehicle on his way back and fled the scene. The motorcyclist suffered internal injuries that were not considered to be life threatening, according to Colonie police.

According to police reports, Jubrey then returned to the camp where he and a fellow camper disposed of some of the materials in a trash receptacle behind an apartment complex in the Town of Ghent, at which point the landlord of the complex discovered them and informed them he was calling the police.

The accomplice allegedly loaded other material into the back of a vehicle with three others, police said. That car, whose passengers did not include Jubrey, was subsequently searched during a traffic stop for a no seatbelt violation, during which the trooper detected a strong odor of chemicals coming from the vehicle and observed the chemicals and other materials used to manufacture drugs. The suspects were taken to the Livingston Barracks, where they were interviewed and released pending further investigation and laboratory results.

Just before 7 p.m., Daniel Belles, a five-and-a-half-year veteran of the Colonie police force, and Toby VanAlstyne, a Columbia County sheriff's deputy, arrived at 2 Leach Ave., after plates matching the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run were traced to that address. Belles' car was the first to pull up to the house in an off-center position in the driveway while VanAlstyne's car was still turning on to the road. Jubrey was observed pointing a semi-automatic .45 caliber gun at his mother and stepfather, Randall Booth, after what was described as "a slight disagreement" between Jubrey and the two, said police.

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