Updated at 11:06 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30:
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office has identified a man who was shot dead during an incident with deputies in the Howlett Hill neighborhood in the town of Onondaga on Tuesday night.
Sheriff’s Deputies say 57-year-old Michael Sica, a former corrections officer at the Jamesville Correctional Facility, was shot in the garage and died at the scene.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, they responded to the home after Sica’s elderly parents – Marilyn and Adolph Sica – called because they were concerned about their own safety and that of their son.
Deputies say Sica had recently separated from his wife and was having emotional issues.
When a deputy arrived at the home, they say Sica was sitting in a red vehicle in the driveway.
Sica then pointed a gun at the deputy, holding the barrel “just inches” away from the deputy’s face, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office indicated that the Deputy saw a gun in Sica's car, but did not know he also had a pistol.
The Deputy then pushed Sica away and retreated to safety.
Sica retreated into the garage and reportedly threw a rifle out. He also fired a shot from inside the garage, the Sheriff's Office says.
"Thinking he may have committed suicide, deputies approached the garage door, when they pushed the door open, he raised his pistol and deputies responded by shooting him," said Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh.
Two Deputies were reportedly involved in the incident in the garage.
The Sheriff’s Office declined to say how many bullets were fired during the incident.
Sica's parents were not in the residence during the incident. They had gone to the Howlett Hill firehouse to call for help after Sica reportedly threatened harm to himself and also said he would shoot police officers.
Deputies indicated that Sica had been staying at his parents home on Aitchison Road.
The deputies are on paid leave pending an Onondaga County grand jury review.
Their identities will not be released until 72 hours have passed since the incident.
Sica had no prior encounters with the Sheriff’s Office, nor had they received any calls to the home.