February 12, 2002
State Trooper, Two Others Killed in Domestic Shooting in Crown Point
by Seanna Adcox, Associated Press
CROWN POINT - A man armed with a high-powered rifle shot and killed his girlfriend and a state trooper before killing himself after a domestic dispute this morning, state police said.
Trooper Lawrence P. Gleason, who is from Hornell, arrived at Amanda Olcott's Essex County residence just before 9 a.m. after she called police, Sgt. Glenn Miner said. Jamie Scharpf showed up a short time later while she was talking with the trooper, police said. He then fired three shots into the home, one of which killed Gleason. The trooper was 28. Ages for the others were not immediately available.
"Trooper Gleason's death is a painful reminder of the great risks our state troopers face each and every day," Gov. George Pataki said. "All New Yorkers share in this tremendous loss, and we are profoundly inspired by Trooper Gleason's courage, professionalism and sacrifice."
Pataki had just sworn in Gleason when he graduated with his State Police Academy class on May 15.
The Plattsburgh Press-Republican reported that Olcott had recently left Scharpf, but he followed her from the Town of Moriah to her new home.
State Police Superintendent James McMahon planned to hold a news conference later this afternoon in Crown Point, about 100 miles north of Albany.
The last state trooper to die from gunfire in the line of duty was Ricky Parisian, a 34-year-old investigator slain May 20, 1994, while trying to stop an armed robbery at a supermarket in Oneonta.