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Suspect shoots N.Y. state trooper with a shotgun


June 19, 2007
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Suspect shoots N.Y. state trooper with a shotgun

The Associated Press

POSTDAM, N.Y. — A New York state trooper who was shot in the shoulder while investigating a domestic dispute Monday afternoon in northern New York returned fire and killed her assailant, according to St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole Duve.

The trooper, whose name was not immediately released, was confronted by a man with a shotgun as she responded to a report of a disturbance, Duve told WWNY-TV in Watertown. After the man shot her, the trooper returned fire, killing the man, Duve said.
Duve said the trooper was being transported to Fletcher Allen Medical Center in Burlington, Vt. for treatment. Hospital spokesman Mike Noble could not immediately provide her condition.

The incident happened around 4:20 p.m. on Route 56 between Massena and Potsdam, just south of the Canadian border.

State Police Lt. Glenn Miner said he had no immediate information.

The shooting comes just weeks after state police buried the third trooper to die by gunfire in a little more than a year.

In March 2006, Trooper Andrew Sperr was shot to death when he pulled over a truck being driven by a bank robber.

Three months later, fugitive Ralph "Bucky" Phillips shot trooper Sean Brown in the stomach during a traffic stop, a shooting that launched what would become the state's largest manhunt. Brown survived.

In August, Phillips shot two troopers, Donald Baker and Joseph Longobardo, as they hunted for him in the woods of western New York. Longobardo died three days later; Baker survived. Phillips was later captured.

Then, in April, 23-year-old Travis Trim shot a trooper during a traffic stop in Delaware County. The trooper lived and police were again hunting for a gunman. When troopers stormed a farmhouse where Trim hid the next morning, Trim and trooper David Brinkerhoff were killed and another trooper, Richard Mattson, was injured in the gunfight. Brinkerhoff was killed by friendly fire.

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