Neighbor: Man shot by Greece police was 81-year-old war veteran

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A neighbor says the man who died after being shot by police during an incident on Betwood Lane was an 81-years-old war veteran who suffered from flashbacks.

The man, who hasn’t yet been officially identified by police, was shot after a 911 call early Thursday morning.

Police say someone, believed to be the man, called 911 around 2 a.m. and said they were going to kill their wife.

When an officer arrived on scene at Betwood Lane, the man approached the officer with a long gun. Police say the officer ordered the man to drop the weapon, but he instead pointed it at the officer.

At that point, the officer fired shots, killing the man.

Neighbor and longtime friend Sherwin Evarts tells News 8’s Solina Lewis that the man, a Korean War veteran, was a nice man, but sometimes had nightmares and flashbacks.

As for the officer, Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan says the officer was not physically harmed during the event but spoke of the traumatic experience.

Chief Phelan told reporters, “He was physically unharmed. Obviously, he has gone through a traumatic event… It’s a life-changing event.”

Officers say the man’s wife was home during the incident but was asleep, unaware of the situation, until shots were fired.

Police said Thursday morning they were working to notify family. Betwood Lane was closed to traffic for much of the day.

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