CORNING, N.Y. — A New York state trooper responding to a domestic call early Monday morning was killed along with a suspect, officials said.
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Trooper Nicholas Clark, 29, was killed while responding to a report of a suicidal man, on Welch Road in Erwin, just south of the city of Corning. The suspect was reported to have been armed.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined police for a press briefing on Monday afternoon.
The suspect was named by officials as Steven Kiley, 43, a school principal (pictured right). Police said the dispute was between Kiley and his estranged wife.
The shooting near SUNY Corning Community College drew a large police presence throughout the morning.
A procession of dozens of state police cars with lights flashing followed the coroner’s vehicle on Route 17 reportedly carrying the body of the fallen trooper to Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton.
Clark became a trooper in December 2015.
“He was a lifelong resident of Steuben County, he transferred back here to the Bath barracks in August 2017, where he was very proud to serve the citizens that he called friends and neighbors, to try and give back to the community he grew up in,” said Troop E Commander Major Richard S. Allen.
Clark leaves behind his mother, father and brother. He was a standout wrestler, football player and even tried out for the Buffalo Bills.
Cuomo said 13 troopers have been lost in five years. He said “there's no answer, no point. It's just sad and painful.”
This marks the second time a New York state trooper was killed responding to a domestic call in just under a year. Trooper Joel Davis, 36, was fatally shot July 9, 2017, in northern New York allegedly by an Army soldier as he responded to reports of gunfire at the soldier’s home near Fort Drum. The soldier also allegedly killed his wife and wounded another woman before surrendering to troopers.
Davis had been the first New York trooper fatally shot in the line of duty in 10 years.
In April 2007, Trooper David Brinkerhoff was accidentally shot and killed by another officer during an intense gunbattle in Margaretville with a suspect who had shot and wounded another trooper.
In September 2006, Trooper Joseph Longobardo was fatally shot in an ambush by an escaped convict in Chautauqua County. That same year, Trooper Andrew Sperr was shot and killed in March in Big Flats when he stopped the vehicle of two suspects who had just robbed a bank.