BURDETT—The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following updated press release in regards to the shooting incident in the Village of Burdett on Tuesday, October 18, 2011. Further investigation has revealed that the suspect, Joseph V. Esposito (age 25) of Burdett, NY, was specifically targeting and shooting at unmarked Sheriff’s vehicles. The civilian vehicle that was struck does resemble an unmarked vehicle that the Sheriff’s Office owns. The investigation is active and ongoing and other details will be released when they become available. Anyone with information into the incident is encouraged to call the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office at 607-535-8222 or the New York State Police at 607-535-7731.
From Oct. 18
The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police with assistance from the Watkins Glen Police Department, The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office and the Schuyler County DA’s Office are investigating a shooting incident which occurred Oct. 18 from a residence along State Route 79 in the Village of Burdett. Joseph V. Esposito, 25, from Burdett, NY is being charged with Attempted Murder in the 1st degree (a class “A1” felony), Reckless Endangerment in the 1st degree (a class “D” felony), Menacing of a Police Officer (a class “D” felony). Esposito was taken into custody following an armed standoff with law enforcement after he allegedly discharged rifle shots into several vehicles including those of law enforcement. The incident resulted in route 79 in Burdett being closed to traffic and people being directed around the village. The Burdett fire department was used as a command center during the event. Along with both state and local police departments, members of the Chemung County Sheriff's Office Special Services Unit responded as well.