After going on a lengthy shooting rampage in upstate New York, Kurt Myers’ final act was the killing of a police dog.
Myers, 64, was shot and killed by law enforcement Thursday morning after he allegedly opened fire at a car wash and barbershop, killing four people.
Wednesday morning emergency crews responding to a fire at his Mohawk apartment found guns and ammunition inside.
Shortly thereafter two people were fatally shot and two others were wounded around the corner at John’s Barber Shop. A second shooting occurred a mile away in Herkimer, when two people were killed at Gaffey’s Fast Lube and Car Wash.
Myers then barricaded himself inside an abandoned bar where the standoff took place. New York State Trooper Jack Keller said the dog was sent into a room the suspect had holed up inside. When he shot the dog, police returned fire.
"He was waiting for us. He kills the dog. They hear shots fired. Our teams returned fire and the suspect gets shot,” Keller said.
Police are still unsure of Myers’ motive. His former boss described him as intelligent, fond of trivia, and a WWII buff in the 1980s. But in present-day Mohawk, where his family lived for generations, Myers is described as a loner who kept to himself.
New York state police superintendent Joseph D’Amico said law enforcement had not gleaned a complete picture of Myers at this point.
"He's apparently a loner," D'Amico said. "He didn't have a lot of contact with his family. The few people we did find that were relatives - we interviewed some neighbors - nobody could offer any explanation."
D’Amico called the attacks “unprovoked and random.”
Myers' former boss, Steve Copperwheat, hired him as a machine operator in the early 1980s. He said the man he knew for two decades "always seemed to be in a rush. Walking, talking - everything he did was fast."
He was a stickler for historical dates. "Once he got upset because one of the girls in the office didn't know when Pearl Harbor was,” Copperwheat said.
When he ran into Myers in a Walmart parking lot after not seeing him for 10 years, he was surprised at how he behaved.
"I yelled over to him, and he looked at me, said my name, said he was retired and just went booking away," Copperwheat said. "It was almost like he didn't want anybody to know where he was. He was trying to be very distant, which surprised me. The whole conversation was really spooky."
His next-door neighbor Traci Randall said the only time she ever heard him speak was when he yelled at her son because he believed the boy shot an air rifle at his red Jeep.
“He would walk by himself. He was kind of a loner. No wife,” Randall said.
Neighbor Gary Ulrich said Myers wouldn’t even say hello to him. “I said, ‘How are you doing?’ No response. He just walked by,” he said.
Other than a 1973 arrest for drunk driving, Myers had no run-ins with police.
Source: ABC Local