Albany Cop Pleads Not Guilty to Patronizing a Prostitute in Utica

An Albany Police officer who shot and killed a man who tried to rob him earlier this month in Utica has pleaded not guilty to patronizing a prostitute.

Utica police officials say that Christofer Kitto left the Turning Stone Casino in nearby Verona, to meet the prostitute who he met on a web site.

The 5 AM January 7th meeting in Utica ended violently, when Kitto acted in self-defense, and killed 35 year old Shatelle Hooks, who police say came after Kitto with a knife and tried to rob him.

Police say that the shooting was justified, but Utica's police chief has said that the investigation is not over with.

The Oneida County D.A. will decide if the case is presented to a grand jury.

Kitto was off duty when the incident happened.

Albany police initially put Kitto on paid leave, but he was later suspended without pay.

Photo: WNYT

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