Officer was Shot 15 Times, Run Over
By Justin Walden, (Binghampton, N.Y.) Press & Sun-Bulletin
Ed. Note: This is a follow up to a story first published July
reporting the murder of Deputy Tarsia. Click
here to read the story.
TOWN OF CHENANGO, N.Y. -- Three men were arrested Saturday in
with Thursday's shooting death of Broome County sheriff's
Jeffrey A. Nabinger Jr. and David Sweat, both 22, were charged with
murder, a felony. Shawn J. Devaul, 23, was charged with
possession of a weapon, a felony.
|Jeffrey A. Nabinger Jr.
Nabinger and Sweat shot Tarsia 15 times around 4 a.m., Broome Sheriff
E. Harder said. Devaul was "a non-active participant in the
he watched the shooting armed with a gun, Harder said.
Tarsia, 36, was shot, then run over by a car in Grange Hall Park in
Harder said. The men stole several items from Tarsia's
patrol car, including
the deputy's .40-caliber Glock handgun, police
Harder would not discuss details of the confrontation between Tarsia
his assailants, nor would he say which weapons were used in the
Harder said it was still unclear whether Tarsia's gun had
Sweat lives on Foley Road in Kirkwood, while Devaul and Nabinger do
have permanent addresses. The three men were arrested Saturday
struggle, officials said.
Nabinger was apprehended as he walked down a street in Port
Sweat was stopped while driving in Kirkwood and Devaul was
taken into custody
in the Village of Greene, Harder said.
Officials also said Saturday that Nabinger, Sweat and Devaul were
for the burglary of Mess's Fireworks in Great Bend, Pa.
They likely will be charged in Pennsylvania once the paperwork
from their arrests in New York gets sorted out, Pennsylvania
Cpl. William Strong said.
The investigation took 60 hours, with some members of the sheriff's
going more than 50 hours without sleep. More than 100
officers from around
15 police agencies played a role in the
investigation, officials said.
"When the puzzle is completed, this is what you have ... arrests made
the case," Harder said at a 7:30 p.m. news conference. "We're very
for the loss of our brother Kevin Tarsia."
Officials said solid police work and good communication was key in
"There's nothing more serious than the murder of a police officer,"
police Troop C Maj. William Foley said. "This is another
example of what
we can do when we join resources like this."
Police developed information that led them to Nabinger, Sweat and
from a source who learned about the shooting, Harder said. The
declined to elaborate on who contacted police or what
Nabinger, Sweat and Devaul sat in silence as they were arraigned
night before Town of Kirkwood Justice Benjamin Weingartner.
All three asked for court-appointed attorneys. Sweat and Devaul both
they are unemployed.
The three were sent to county jail without bail.
Police said Friday that they wanted to question a man in his late 20s
was seen in Mess's several days before the burglary. However,
haven't found him and said Saturday that they believe he
didn't have anything
to do with the burglary or Tarsia's death.
According to Press & Sun-Bulletin reports, Nabinger and Sweat were
in a 1997 burglary after authorities said they entered a Town
home and took jewelry and cash.
Nabinger, then 17 and living in Binghamton, pleaded guilty in that
and a second, in which he was accused of breaking several
windows of a
pickup truck. He was sentenced to five years of
intensive supervision probation.
Sweat also made news in 1996, when he and another 16-year-old were
with attempted second-degree burglary. The pair had elaborate
burglarize a youth group home in Binghamton.
Sweat, then a Binghamton resident, and the other teen were both
to five years of intensive supervision probation. At their
Broome County Judge Martin E. Smith called them
Shawn Devaul also made news as a teen-ager. According to Press &
reports, he was a passenger during a 1997 car accident
in which a 14-year-old
Chenango Forks girl was killed.
Devaul, then 18 and living in Binghamton, was hospitalized with head
lung injuries after the accident.
Staff Writer Rachel Coker contributed to this report.