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City Manager Goodwin ID’s officer involved in Canandaigua shooting

In a press release to media outlets on Wednesday, Canandaigua City Manager John Goodwin identified the officer involved in the shooting, which took place at Pinnacle North earlier this month.

The shooting, which left a parole officer with the State of New York dead, resulted from gunfire between her, and a 15 year veteran with the Canandaigua Police Department.

Sergeant Scott Kadien, according to Goodwin, was the officer involved in that shooting.

Goodwin noted that Kadien has over has over 15 years of service with the Canandaigua Police Department, and over 20 years of law enforcement experience.

He has since returned to work in an administrative role, according to the City Manager, who notes that the City has followed all protocols. He says that the City Police Department recused itself from the investigation, which has been led by New York State Police.

He will remain in an administrative role until the investigation is complete and the results have been turned over to the Ontario County District Attorney’s Office.

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Goodwin was critical of what he called “media speculation” following the Canandaigua Messenger’s FOIL request, which was acknowledged within the appropriate five day window. The City then had 20 days to respond to the FOIL request, per guidelines.

Goodwin noted that “The City’s response to the Daily Messenger’s FOIL request was timely and complied in all material respects with the FOIL statute.”

Goodwin said the delay in identifying the officer involved was to assure that all aspects of the ongoing investigation would not be interfered or impeded.

He added that an officer involved shooting is one of the most traumatic events a law enforcement officer can endure, and can lead to extreme levels of stress, trauma, and PTSD. “The City supports Sergeant Kadien and respectfully requests that the public and the media respect Sergeant Kadien’s privacy during this difficult time.”

Below is City Manager John Goodwin’s full statement to the media:

In recent days there has been a wide-ranging community conversation regarding the release of the identity of the officer involved in the October 4th shooting at Pinnacle North. The City wants all of its residents to know that its staff and elected officials take seriously their responsibilities of public disclosure and transparency. The City has acted with reason and caution regarding this incident because it is the subject of an ongoing law enforcement investigation. At no time does the City want to jeopardize an ongoing investigation by prematurely releasing sensitive information. The goal of any investigation is to determine the facts of the case, which requires a methodical and thorough approach.

On October 10th the City received a FOIL request from the Daily Messenger for records that identify the officer involved in the shooting at Pinnacle North. Under New York law, the City had five business days to acknowledge its receipt of the request and provide a reasonable period of time thereafter in which the City would formally grant or deny the request. The City acknowledged the request the same day it was received and indicated that it would formally grant or deny the request within twenty days. Therefore, despite speculation by the public and the media, the City’s response to the Daily Messenger’s FOIL request was timely and complied in all material respects with the FOIL statute.

Because the incident at Pinnacle North involved a member of the Canandaigua Police Department, the Canandaigua Police Department recused itself from participation in the investigation to assure a fair and impartial investigation for all parties involved. The New York State Police have been handling the investigation since its inception. The City has now confirmed with the New York State Police that releasing the name of the officer involved will not compromise or interfere with their ongoing investigation. For that reason, earlier today the City provided the Daily Messenger with a formal grant of its FOIL request and the record requested therein.

The officer involved in the incident at Pinnacle North was Sergeant Scott Kadien. Sergeant Kadien has over 15 years of service with the Canandaigua Police Department, and over 20 years of law enforcement experience. Sergeant Kadien has returned to work and has been assigned an administrative role within the department. Sergeant Kadien will continue in that assignment until the investigation by the New York State Police has been completed and the results of the investigation have been turned over to the Ontario County District Attorney’s Office for review and disposition.

An officer involved shooting is one of the most traumatic events a law enforcement officer can endure, and can lead to extreme levels of stress, trauma, and PTSD. The City supports Sergeant Kadien and respectfully requests that the public and the media respect Sergeant Kadien’s privacy during this difficult time, and patiently wait for the New York State Police to complete their investigation and turn the results of their investigation over to the Ontario County District Attorney’s Office for review and disposition.

Any questions regarding the investigation should be referred to the New York State Police.

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