Messenger Post Media will be at a press conference today at 11 a.m. with NYSP to learn more details regarding the Canandaigua shooting at Pinnacle North on October 4. Family members of Sandy Guardiola, the parole officer that was killed, will speak for the first time Saturday in Harlem, joined by the Rev. Al Sharpton.
The family of Sandy Guardiola, a state parole officer who was shot by a Canandaigua police officer in her Pinnacle North apartment Oct. 4 and died as a result, will speak for the first time Saturday, Oct. 28. They will speak at 9 a.m. at the National Action Network's House of Justice, 106 W. 145th St. in Harlem, joined by the Rev. Al Sharpton.
A press release from New York City law firm Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP, claims Guardiola was shot "while in bed" at her apartment.
"Ms. Guardiola, a 48-year-old Puerto Rican mother of two, who twice survived breast cancer, was asleep when a Canandaigua police officer entered her home ostensibly on a 'wellness check' requested by her employer," the release reads.
New York State Police Captain Carolyn Mullin said Guardiola fired first at the police officer, Sgt. Scott Kadien of the Canandaigua Police Department, during a recent press conference. Mullin's account: "She shot off a round in the apartment. He gave verbal commands. She didn't put the gun down, and he shot." Mullin said. Kadien, who returned to work Oct. 13 in an administrative capacity, was in full police uniform at the time, Mullin said. Guardiola was later pronounced dead at Thompson Health in Canandaigua.
State police had indicated Guardiola was in her bedroom at the time of the incident.
Kadien is a 15-year veteran of the Canandaigua Police Department. He is also an assistant district attorney for Wayne County.
Guardiola, who had worked for the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision since May 2015, had moved from the New York City area to western New York about a year ago and was assigned to the Western Region division.
Police have said staff at Pinnacle North Apartments on Lakeshore Drive had received a call Oct. 4 from a fellow parole officer concerned that Guardiola had not returned to work that morning after recuperating for a couple of weeks from injuries suffered in a car accident in the Southern Tier. Police were called to Pinnacle North at about 4:15 p.m., and the shooting incident closely followed.
The National Action Network was founded in 1991 by Sharpton, a prominent and often controversial civil rights activist, minister, radio/TV host and onetime presidential candidate. Its website describes it as "one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation" which works "to promote a modern civil right agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender."
(Article updated to correct a mistake in the initial version)