Wife of man killed by Auburn police officer charged with disorderly conduct

2014-02-19T06:05:00Z 2014-02-28T20:07:10Z Wife of man killed by Auburn police officer charged with disorderly conductGreg Mason | greg.mason@lee.net Auburn Citizen
February 19, 2014 6:05 am  • 

The Auburn woman whose estranged husband was fatally shot by an Auburn police officer on Saturday night was arrested just days later when a disturbance broke out in the neighborhood over the presence of a Syracuse news television crew.

Teresa M. Harris, of 11 Barber St. Apt. 1, was charged on Monday on two counts of disorderly conduct, a violation.

The 35-year-old Harris was the estranged wife of Jeffrey M. Harris, a Port Byron man who attempted to break into his wife's 11 Barber St. residence with a meat cleaver late Saturday night. The 45-year-old went through the basement of the residence, chopped through the basement door to the apartment and charged at a police officer before he was shot and killed.

On Monday, police said they received a report of a 15-person fight at about 7 p.m. in the area of Barber Street and Spring Street. The call was made by the driver of a News Channel 9 van; the news agency did a report Monday evening on the Barber Street shooting.

Police said Harris was upset that residents of 11 Barber St. Apt. 2 allowed news crews into the apartment to look at the basement. The situation reportedly escalated into what the driver told police, but the commotion had died down when the responding officers arrived.

The driver told police that the persons involved in the brawl went back into their homes. Police said they did find Harris on Spring Street yelling and screaming obscenities at the residents of 11 Barber St. Apt. 2.

The officers advised Harris to cease and desist her behavior, but she did not comply.

"The only solution to the issue to make it stop and keeping it from escalating was to arrest her," said Capt. David Delfavero of the Auburn Police Department.

Harris was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to be arraigned in Auburn City Court on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Staff writer Greg Mason can be reached at (315) 282-2239 or greg.mason@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenMason.

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