Man accused of shooting officer on trial in Tompkins County

By WBNG News

Dozens of Ithaca police officers line courthouse as man accused of shooting police officer is arraigned.

April 8, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2013 at 11:29 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Jury selection began in Tompkins County Court to hear the case against Jamel Booker, 23, of Ithaca.

Booker is charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting Ithaca Police Officer Anthony Augustine on Oct. 11, 2012.

Augustine and another officer stopped a car on Chestnut Street that matched the description of a stolen vehicle. The driver took off on foot, and during the chase, Ithaca police say the suspect shot Augustine.

The suspect continued to flee into the West Village Apartment Complex. Police later arrested Booker who was arraigned on eight charges, including attempted murder and aggravated assault.

The bullet struck Augustine's chest just outside his bullet proof vest. He was taken to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, where he suffered a collapsed lung and minor stroke. Augustine was released from the hospital a week after the shooting.

His recovery continues.

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