Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation Opens Investigation Into Civilian Death in Saratoga County

NEW YORK – The New York Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI) has opened an investigation into the death of Anthony J. Zaremski, who died on May 23, 2023, following an encounter with members of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO).

In the early morning hours of May 23, members of the SCSO Special Operation Team and Narcotics Unit were assisting the United States Drug Enforcement Agency in executing a search warrant at a residence at 312 Foxwood Drive in Clifton Park, Saratoga County as part of a federal drug investigation. Shortly after they entered the residence, Mr. Zaremski allegedly shot at the deputies. Two SCSO deputies were struck and deputies returned fire, shooting Mr. Zaremski. Mr. Zaremski was taken to a local hospital, where he later died of his injuries. Officials recovered a gun at the scene. The two injured SCSO deputies are expected to survive their injuries. 

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.