Police Shoot, Kill Kurt Myers, Ending Standoff in Herkimer, New York
State Police have shot and killed Kurt Myers, the suspect in shootings that killed four people and injured two others in Herkimer and Mohawk, New York.
Shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday, State Police, FBI and a K-9 unit entered the former Glory Days bar in Herkimer where Myers had been in hiding for nearly 16 hours and had at times exchanged fire with police.
Police said in a press conference that Myers was waiting for police on the first floor of the building. Myers shot back at the tactical team, killing a K-9.
Myers was then shot and killed by State Police.
The killing ended a long standoff that started Wednesday afternoon after Myers is believed to have shot six people, four of whom killed, at separate locations in Mohawk and Herkimer.
Police believe the shootings were at random and that the victims were not targeted.
The attacks started around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday when Myers used a shotgun to kill two people first at John’s Barber Shop on Main St. in Mohawk. He then traveled to Gaffey’s Car Wash on Mohawk Street in Herkimer, where he shot four people, two of whom died.
Those who were killed are Harry M. Montgomery, Michael G. Rancier, Thomas Stefka, and Michael L. Renshaw. Additionally, police say Myers shot John Seymour and Dan Haslauer, both of whom are recovering at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Utica.
Myers fled the shooting scenes in a red jeep with a black top. Police later found that vehicle, but Myers was not there with it.
Police say he set fire to his apartment at 32 South Washington St. in Mohawk shortly before the shootings occurred. There have been no reported injuries from that fire.
Police said they do not know the motivation for Myers’ shooting spree. They continue to treat the building in which Myers was hiding as an active crime scene as they continue their investigation.
Details on Myers’ background are scarce. The only legal trouble he has ever faced came from a DWAI in 1973. He has been described by those who knew him as a quiet and solitary individual, a “loner.”