Update: A family member has informed me via e-mail, that Kevin Callahan’s funeral will be today, Saturday, September 24th. Condolences to the family. RIP Kevin Callahan.
This situation is extra fishy. Please see the official press release and my notes under the article. -KW
via NBC News/AP
A Long Island man [26-year-old Kevin Callahan] has been shot and killed by police officers during a confrontation at the man’s [Selden] home…
He was pronounced dead at the scene…
[Suffolk County] Police did not say if a weapon was recovered or how many shots were fired. No other details were immediately available.
The official press release on this police shooting does not note the race or ethnicity of Kevin Callahan. I think it is important information considering events in Suffolk County. If anyone know Mr. Callahan, or has a photo of him, please e-mail me, or put a link in the comments. [See photo, submitted to me by a family member, at left]
This morning, I tried to express my concern over the shooting, and ask basic questions about what happened. The police and government officials were not helpful. I feel like they are wrong in how they are handling the information.
I called a number on the Suffolk Police website that said “Public Info”. A woman there DID NOT KNOW about the incident, asked me what situation I was talking about, and then directed me to Central Records.
Central Records was probably not the place to be at all. (As told to me later by Eileen from Commissioner Dormer’s office). At Central Records, there was a menu, and then I was ultimately disconnected to a busy signal.
I called my Suffolk County Legislator’s office. They took my phone number, so they may get back to me. But, a woman there was unaware of the shooting last night, and said that the police were under the County Executive, not the Legislature. The woman at the Leg’s office gave me the phone number for the Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy’s office.
At Steve Levy’s office, I got Carol and Colleen on the phone, who seemed to be secretaries or receptionists. Carol disconnected me when she said she was transferring me. Then, Colleen finally transferred me to Stacy, who I was told was an Aid to Steve Levy. Stacy at Steve Levy’s Office said I needed to call Commissioner Dormer’s Office for that info. Stacy gave me the number (631) 852-6000. That number is a generic number for the police.
The woman at 852-6000 was friendly and polite. She gave me a number for Commissioner Dormer’s Office.
At Commissioner Dormer’s Office, I spoke with Eileen. Eileen said that Public Info should not have given me to Central Records. Eileen expressed surprise that I did not know the name of the woman at Public Info, and seemed to imply that meant I was wrong. I told Eileen the specific question I wanted to know in regard to race/ethnicity. Then, Eileen said she would switch me to Public Info again, and they should have known more info, that a press release was issued. Eileen told me the numbers were (631) 852-6308 or (631) 852-6309. When I called those numbers, they were both busy.
Here is the press release which I guess Eileen at Commissioner Dormer’s Office was referring to. It gives no more info than the AP Story. It does not say anything about Kevin Callahan’s ethnicity or race, the question I asked of her (and others)…
START PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Incident: Police Officer Involved Shooting
Location: 14 Franklin Ave., Selden
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 12:35 p.m.
The Suffolk County Police Department Homicide Squad is investigating a police officer involved shooting that occurred in Selden this afternoon.
At 12:35 p.m., police were called to a report of a man with a gun at 14 Franklin Ave., Selden. When police officers arrived at the scene, they found Kevin Callahan standing in the doorway. As police approached the door, Callahan, 26, went inside the home. After police followed Callahan into the home, Callahan got into a confrontation with the police officers and was subsequently shot by the officers.
Callahan, who lived at the home, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation is continuing.
END PRESS RELEASE