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March 02, 2006
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Trooper shot to death in western New York, two men captured

The Associated Press

BIG FLATS, N.Y.- A state trooper was shot and killed Wednesday in a gun battle with two suspected bank robbers, authorities said. Both were wounded and later captured.

Trooper Andrew Sperr, a 10-year veteran, came upon the men about an hour after the midday bank robbery, Major Steven White said.

When Sperr approached their truck, the men opened fire and Sperr managed to shoot both of them before dying of multiple gunshot wounds, White said.

Sperr, 33, "did his job but it cost him his life," he said.

The suspects, Anthony Horton, 33, and Brian Adams, 45, were in satisfactory condition at hospitals. Both were charged with first-degree murder, White said.

Authorities said they were searching for at least one other suspect Wednesday night.

Adams showed up at an Elmira hospital with a gunshot wound, White said. Horton, who had retreated to a nearby hotel, turned himself in when authorities arrived.

About 20 police units were mobilized in the area after Sperr's body was found. All schools in the Horseheads and Elmira Heights school district were locked down.

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