Police In Memorial Bridge Shootout Receiving Death Threats

By Adam Chick

December 26, 2012 Updated Dec 26, 2012 at 9:13 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton police department will not be releasing the names of the officers involved in a fatal shooting at approximately 2:30 a.m. Christmas due to death threats they've already received.

Police say 20-year-old Roberto Garcia and another man were planning a home invasion.

When a female officer attempted to confront the men walking on the Memorial Bridge, one of them shot at her at point-blank range.

The gunman took off running across the bridge, firing wildly over his head.

That's when officers returned fire. Who fired the fatal shot remains under investigation, Police Chief Joseph Zikuski said.

Zikuski said Garcia had two fatal wounds: One to his back and one to his head that police believe was self inflicted, but accidental.

One of the shots hit the officer's ear. Zikuski said she is still in the hospital, but is expected to make a full recovery.

Zikuski said Garcia was born in Cuba, but has been living in Binghamton since he was 4.

Zikuski said Garcia has been arrested by police before. His criminal record includes misdemeanors, and federal authorities attempted to deport him, but couldn't because of Cuba's policies.

He was released from Broome County Jail on an unknown charge in June.

The second suspect on the bridge was interviewed and released by Binghamton Police. As a result, his name is not being released, Zikuski said.