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City officials in upstate New York have been barred from making further public comments about the officer-involved shooting of a Vermont sheriff’s deputy, WNYT reports. 

On Wednesday, Nov. 23, the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office got a temporary restraining order from a Supreme Court judge prohibiting Saratoga Springs officials from talking about or releasing video or audio from the incident, the outlet said.

  • Earlier Report: Off-Duty Deputy From Vermont Shot By Police In Capital Region (Video)

The shooting, which was captured on officer-worn body camera footage that was released hours after the incident, happened at around 3 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, near Broadway and Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs.

Police said the off-duty deputy was attacked by a group of six people, prompting him to pull a gun.

That’s when one of the men in the group fired, leading to an exchange of seven or eight gunshots, police said.

The shootout was heard by several Saratoga Springs police officers, who can be seen on nearby security footage arriving within seconds.

In the footage, officers are heard repeatedly yelling at the deputy to drop his gun, but he refuses. Police then open fire, striking the deputy numerous times.

"As they make that turn what they see is the Vermont sheriff's deputy standing on the sidewalk," Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Jim Montagnino said at a press conference held hours later.

"His gun leveled and moving from side to side, pointing the gun. You hear the officers repeatedly, loudly, direct the deputy to drop the gun, get on the ground, again and again."

Both the deputy and his girlfriend, who police said was grazed by the gunfire, were taken to a hospital and were in stable condition.

Police said the deputy had a total of 10 bullet wounds.

The other man involved in the shooting was also injured and is expected to survive, according to police.

The three Saratoga Springs police officers involved in the shooting were not injured. They have since been placed on leave while State Police investigate the incident

On Wednesday, Nov. 23, Saratoga County DA Karen Heggen told WNYT the unprecedented release of information regarding the shooting has had a chilling effect on witnesses and could taint the jury pool.

“I didn’t want to do this, but felt compelled to ensure the integrity of the investigation and protect the constitutional rights of all involved,” Heggen told the outlet.

Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Jim Montagnino blasted the move in a statement released Wednesday evening and vowed the city would appeal.

“While the district attorney claims to be seeking to protect constitutional rights, she has blatantly violated the First Amendment by obtaining a jurisdictionally defective order, without notice to the city, which deprives elected officials of their right to inform the public of profoundly important events unfolding in their city,” he said. 

“I have spoken to (Saratoga Springs) Mayor Ron Kim and the city intends to fight this in court promptly and vigorously.”

Sunday’s shooting was the first time in 26 years a Saratoga Springs police officer fired their weapon in the line of duty.

Read the full report from WNYT here.  

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I’m an 82-year-old grandmother – I was shocked to be arrested over a $77 trash bill but people agree it’s ‘shameful’

OUTRAGE is growing online with people upset in finding that an elderly grandma has been left in tears after being handcuffed, arrested and thrown in jail over her trash bill.

An Alabama city police agency arrested 82-year-old Martha Menefield because she didn't pay a $77.80 trash bill and the grandmother didn't know the officers were serious about booking her at first. 

1An Alabama city police agency arrested 82-year-old Martha Menefield because she didn't pay a $77.80 trash bill and the grandmother didn't know the officers were serious about booking her at first

She initially thought the two officers that arrived at her home were joking when they said she was under arrest for failing to pay the garbage service bill, the octogenarian told KTLA News.

Valley Police Department posted a statement on Facebook Tuesday defending the arrest of Menefield, saying multiple attempts were made to collect her debt.

In the post defending the agency's arrest of the elderly woman, Valley Police Chief Mike Reynolds also disclosed that Menefield has a history of suspended service.

They claimed that she didn't pay the bill during the months of June, July, and August.

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"I’m just happy my grandkids weren’t here to see that,"

“That would have upset them," she added.

"I was so ashamed, and it’s been bothering me.”

The elderly woman recalled one of the officers telling her “Don’t cry, Ms. Martha,” as she started to break out in tears again while describing the ordeal to KTLA.

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"He kind of whispered it to me," she said. "'Don’t cry.'"

The police agency's Facebook post said Menefield was left with a citation on her door that advised her that she was to appear in court on September 7, 2022 because of the trash bill.

"A warrant for Failure to Pay-Trash was issued when she did not appear in court," the post stated.

The comments on the post were full of people who were nothing short of furious that Valley Police arrested Menefield over the bill.

Someone said: "Without government, who would kidnap an 82-year-old for forgetting to pay her trash bill for a couple months?"

They added: "God forbid some of your officers pool together the less than $100 to pay it. I'm sure it cost way more than that in police resources to arrest her,

"Mayor Riley, you have the ability to fix this nonsense by pardoning Ms. Martha. Use it."

Another person simply said: "This is so shameful."

They went on to say: "The parties responsible deserve every single bit of the negativity it brings."

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Someone else chimed in saying: "Good thing none of the entire police staff has a heart and could try and arrange to help an 82-year-old woman with a less than $100 trash bill before coming to arrest her."

"[You all] just keep flaunting your heartlessness," they added. "And see how far that gets you with public opinion and trust."

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