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Murder suspect targeted N.Y. officer for revenge

June 09, 2007
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Murder suspect targeted N.Y. officer for revenge

The Associated Press
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UTICA, N.Y. — A 23-year-old man accused of gunning down a Utica police officer in a grudge killing was scheduled to be arraigned on murder charges Thursday morning.

Wesley Molina-Cirino of Utica was charged with aggravated murder in the fatal shooting of Officer Thomas Lindsey on April 12, authorities said.

Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara said Lindsey had pulled over a car with two men inside when Molina-Cirino walked up behind him and opened fire.

Molina-Cirino was questioned in the days after the shooting and he was being held in a Syracuse jail on drug charges until he was released to the custody of Utica police on Wednesday.

Utica Police Chief C. Allen Pylman said Molina-Cirino targeted Lindsey in the revenge attack. Lindsey had never arrested Molina-Cirino, but he had arrested some of his friends, authorities said.

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