(WNY News Now) – The Office of Special Investigation (OSI) under New York Attorney General Letitia James has released its findings, stating that the officer involved in the death of Daniel Kachinoski in the Town of Niagara was justified in their actions.
Niagara – New York Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI) issued its report regarding the tragic incident on November 19, 2022, in which Daniel Kachinoski lost his life in the Town of Niagara. The comprehensive investigation, which encompassed a thorough review of body-worn camera footage, 911 calls, police radio transmissions, and on-site evidence, has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to disprove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the officer who discharged their weapon acted in self-defense.
On that fateful evening, two officers from the Town of Niagara Police Department (TNPD) responded to domestic disturbance calls made by Mr. Kachinoski and his mother at their residence. Despite multiple attempts at de-escalation, Mr. Kachinoski, acting erratically, brandished a knife while advancing aggressively towards one of the officers. In light of these circumstances, OSI determined that criminal charges against the officer were unwarranted, in accordance with New York’s justification law.