Man shot dead by Vestal Cop pleads guilty to threatening attempted indictment


A Michigan man who was injured by a Vestal Police Officer in a bizarre encounter on Highway 17 admitted to pointing an air pistol at the officer before he was shot.

Colin Yurick, 30, of Brighton, Mich., Pleaded guilty Tuesday in Broome County court to one count of attempted threat against a police officer.

A Vestal police officer came across Yurick’s parked car on the highway east of the Tioga County Line on the night of May 13, 2020.

According to the Broome County District Attorney’s Office, Yurick “pointed a loaded air pistol at Vestal Police Officer Jared Fiacco, placing him in reasonable fear of serious injury or death.”

Fiacco reportedly fired nine shots into the vehicle. Two of the shots hit Yurick, who was taken into custody almost three hours after being injured.

Police said a Sig Sauer pellet gun fell to the ground while the man was taken into custody.

Authorities say this .177 Sig Sauer pellet gun was seized after a deadlock on Route 17 in Vestal. (Photo: Vestal police)

Yurick was hospitalized for six weeks for six weeks after the encounter on the freeway.

In December, Yurick is set to be sentenced to 18 months in prison following the Vestal incident.

Yurick is then to be extradited to Pennsylvania to face charges of allegedly firing a pellet gun at people hours before stopping his car on Highway 17 in Broome County.

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: [email protected] or (607) 772-8400 ext 233.

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