Man fatally shot by Wallkill police officer identified

Wallkill police say they responded to a home at the intersection of Schutt Road and Avenue A in Middletown around 3:30 p.m. to a report of a disturbance.

News 12 Staff

Jun 13, 2021, 1:05 AM

Updated 1,078 days ago

Share:

The man killed in an officer-involved shooting in Wallkill on Saturday has been identified as Christopher VanKleeck, according to a representative with Attorney General Letisha James' office.
Wallkill police say they responded to a home at the intersection of Schutt Road and Avenue A in Middletown around 3:30 p.m. to a report of a disturbance.
They say there was a confrontation with VanKleeck, 31, before one of the responding officers fired his weapon, striking VanKleeck at least once. He was pronounced dead at Garnett Medical Center, police say.
The officer involved in the shooting is a five-year veteran of the force. He was placed on non-disciplinary leave.
Many questions remain unanswered, including why a 911 call was placed, how many shots were fired and the officer’s name who was involved. Police body camera footage has not yet been released.
The state’s Attorney General’s office and state police are currently investigating the incident


More from News 12
2:11
Fallen heroes honored during Memorial Day ceremonies in Westchester and Rockland counties

Fallen heroes honored during Memorial Day ceremonies in Westchester and Rockland counties

2:19
STORM WATCH: Partly cloudy skies and possible stray storm Sunday in the Hudson Valley; heavy rain likely for Memorial Day

STORM WATCH: Partly cloudy skies and possible stray storm Sunday in the Hudson Valley; heavy rain likely for Memorial Day

1:41
Not forgotten: Revelers enjoy Memorial Day parade in Hastings-On-Hudson

Not forgotten: Revelers enjoy Memorial Day parade in Hastings-On-Hudson

0:27
Pedestrian and vehicle safety improvements to be considered in upcoming Greenburgh capital budget

Pedestrian and vehicle safety improvements to be considered in upcoming Greenburgh capital budget

0:39
State police: NYPD officer from Putnam Valley killed in Campbell Hall crash

State police: NYPD officer from Putnam Valley killed in Campbell Hall crash

Guide: 2024 Memorial Day Parades in the Hudson Valley

Guide: 2024 Memorial Day Parades in the Hudson Valley

1:37
President Biden delivers West Point commencement address

President Biden delivers West Point commencement address

1:43
Downtown Summer Sizzle Concert Series returns to New Rochelle

Downtown Summer Sizzle Concert Series returns to New Rochelle

1:54
African American history celebrated at Pinkster Festival in Sleepy Hollow

African American history celebrated at Pinkster Festival in Sleepy Hollow

2:08
Blood test that detects colon cancer close to receiving FDA approval

Blood test that detects colon cancer close to receiving FDA approval

0:47
Bake Back America volunteer from Scarsdale has art displayed at Adelphi University

Bake Back America volunteer from Scarsdale has art displayed at Adelphi University

1:39
Monsey family business targeted again over Israeli flag

Monsey family business targeted again over Israeli flag

1:39
Caribbean foods and culture highlighted at International Food Festival in Mount Vernon

Caribbean foods and culture highlighted at International Food Festival in Mount Vernon

0:34
Orangetown police: Man sought for approaching boy at Pearl River home

Orangetown police: Man sought for approaching boy at Pearl River home

0:33
Hudson Link's free weekend shuttle bus service for Cuomo Bridge bike path resumes this weekend

Hudson Link's free weekend shuttle bus service for Cuomo Bridge bike path resumes this weekend

0:28
Newburgh man sentenced to eight years behind bars for shooting

Newburgh man sentenced to eight years behind bars for shooting

0:27
FBI: 6 Chilean nationals charged in connection to tri-state area burglaries

FBI: 6 Chilean nationals charged in connection to tri-state area burglaries

1:28
Heavy holiday weekend travel begins in New York

Heavy holiday weekend travel begins in New York

2:22
Memorial Day ceremony in Katonah honors fallen service members

Memorial Day ceremony in Katonah honors fallen service members

1:21
Crews prep Westchester County beaches ahead of opening weekend

Crews prep Westchester County beaches ahead of opening weekend