Ithaca Police Officer Recovering From Stroke Following Shooting
An Ithaca Police Officer who was shot last week while pursuing a suspect is recovering from a stroke he suffered following the shooting.
Ithaca City officials have confirmed that Ithaca Police Officer Anthony Augustine sustained a stroke following the shooting that has left him with impaired vision and his left arm and hand are not fully functioning. Police say the movement of the arm is tentative and they’re concerned he may not regain his mobility.
Augustine was shot while chasing suspected car thief Jamel Booker. Police say the officer was wearing his bulletproof vest, but he was hit in the upper left chest on the edge of the vest.
Augustine remains at the hospital in stable condition.
A preliminary investigation found that Booker had stolen the vehicle Thursday night.
Augustine stopped Booker, who then fled on foot. During the foot chase Booker fired at the officer hitting him.
Booker was later taken into custody. Booker has a prior felony arrest.
Booker has been charged with aggravated assault of a police officer and criminal use of a firearm. He is being held on $500,000 cash bail or $1 million bond.