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Gunman Killed in Binghamton Police Shootout Identified

City of Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski says police fired 100 rounds in the fatal shootout at the Day’s Inn on Front Street shortly after 2 a.m. October 28th.

Two police sergeants sustained minor gunshot wounds in the exchange with 40 year old Michael Spohn that left the Oklahoma man dead.

Officials say Spohn was apparently working as a welder in the gas industry in the region and had been staying at the hotel since September 27th.

Police say Spohn had a blood alcohol content measured at .26% and was armed with a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun loaded with only three rounds. He did not have a permit for the gun.

Sergeant Craig Follett was shot in the leg and Sergeant Larry Hendrickson was injured in the hand and arm.

Over a dozen Binghamton police officers responded in backup on the scene.

During the fray, Spohn’s dog jumped out of the suspect’s truck and lunged at officers who shot the dog.

After an unsuccessful effort to incapacitate the suspect with a Tazer, Spohn shot Sergeant Hendrickson. Officers returned fire, killing Spohn

Chief Zikuski says right now, it’s not known which officer fired the fatal shot and support mechanisms are in place if any of the responding officers require assistance.

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