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

NEW YORK – The New York Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI) has opened an investigation into the death of Alan Weber, who died on October 10, 2023 following an encounter with members of the Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD).

On the evening of October 10, two SCPD officers responded to a residence in East Northport, Suffolk County. When officers arrived, they encountered Mr. Weber allegedly wielding what appeared to be two swords. When Mr. Weber walked towards the officers, one of the officers tased him, but the taser failed to subdue him. Mr. Weber again advanced towards the officers, and the other officer fired his service weapon in response. Mr. Weber was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Officers recovered two fencing swords 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 may have caused the death, OSI proceeds to conduct a full investigation of the incident.

These are preliminary facts and subject to change.