Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation Opens Investigation into Civilian Death in Niagara

NEW YORK – The New York Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI) has opened an investigation into the death of Daniel Kachinoski, who died on November 19, 2022, following an encounter with members of the Town of Niagara Police Department (TNPD).

On the evening of November 19, TNPD officers responded to an incident at a residence on Chester Avenue. When officers arrived, they encountered Mr. Kachinoski who allegedly approached the officers with a knife, at which point one officer opened fire. Mr. Kachinoski was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers recovered a knife at the scene.

Pursuant to New York State Executive Law Section 70-b, OSI assesses every incident reported to it where a police officer or a peace officer, including a corrections officer, may have caused the death of a person, by an act or omission. Under the law, the officer may be on-duty or off-duty, and the decedent may be armed or unarmed. Also, the decedent may or may not be in custody or incarcerated. If OSI’s assessment indicates an officer caused the death, OSI proceeds to conduct a full investigation of the incident.

These are preliminary facts and subject to change.