"I was at a conference all week, and one of the main topics was the increase in officer shootings in 2010," said Heider at the press conference. "They are actually up nearly 15 percent across the country and many of them are in this type of incident where officers are responding to what they believe is a report-type generated call and literally an ambush takes place. What we believe happened here was the officers actually stopped an ambush initially and then became the subject of an ambush in the aftermath."
Jubrey was a convicted felon so he was not legally allowed to possess weapons, according to Heider. He did add that one of the weapons was defaced, though.
According to Winn, Jubrey had a laundry list of run-ins with police. He was convicted of stealing an AK-47, two incidents where he was arrested for selling marijuana, a DWI, criminal mischief, criminal tampering and obstructing governmental administration. There was also a pending charge of his involvement in a domestic dispute where he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend.
The investigation on the part of the Colonie Police Department, the Columbia County Sheriff's Department and the New York State Police is still ongoing. Calls made to troop K have not been returned. Albany County District Attorney David Soares said Colonie police have given the family of Jubrey some space after the incident, considering what had happened. He said interviews will take place in the future.
According to Colonie police, the last time a suspect was ever fired at by an officer from the department was in 1998 and the last time a member of the Columbia County Sheriff's Department was fired at only a few years ago. Soares said it demonstrates how rare it is for these types of incidents to occur in the Capital District.
"I don't know how much the public could appreciate just how little this kind of interaction goes on in law enforcement," he said. "You would think with all the issues that exist, whether it's in Albany County or a different county, there would be many more interactions where law enforcement had drawn weapons on possible subjects. It happens so infrequently that it demonstrates the professionalism in law enforcement in deescalating situations and responding appropriately and not always responding with deadly, physical force.""