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Update to shooting investigation in Cortland NY

shooting investigation in Cortland NY

Press Release

On January 29, 2024, members of the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office - Civil Division attempted to serve eviction paperwork at 171 Homer Avenue in the City of Cortland. The Deputy Sheriffs were met by the resident, Steven R. Burda, 58, who was in possession of a shotgun. 

Members from the New York State Police and the City of Cortland Police Department responded to the assist. The Officers attempted to de-escalate the situation for a period of time until ultimately, Cortland Police Lieutenant Cheyenne Cute attempted to disarm Burda using less lethal means, consisting of beanbag impact rounds. The beanbag rounds were ineffective and Burda discharged his shotgun at the Officers, who fortunately were not struck. Cortland County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Sergeant Anthony Phelps then discharged his sidearm, striking Burda in the lower body. Medical care was immediately provided to Burda, who was transported to Update Medical Center in Syracuse. He is in stable condition, recovering, and under guard. 

The New York State Police have investigated the shooting and obtained an arrest warrant for Burda for Attempted Murder in the 1st Degree. Burda will be arraigned on the warrant following his release from the hospital. 


Contact Troop C Public Information Officer: Trooper Aga Dembinska

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