MONTGOMERY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A New York state trooper shot and killed a man along Interstate-84 in Orange County early Thursday morning.
The incident took place near the town of Montgomery, about an hour and a half north of New York City, CBS2’s Jessica Moore reported.
I-84 was back open Thursday evening, showing no signs of the deadly confrontation that happened just before 2 a.m. near Exit 5. State police got a call about a disabled vehicle in the middle of the road and arrived to find a man walking along the highway.
“They encounter an individual, and one member, one trooper, exited the trooper car and engaged the individual in conversation and determine why he was there. The other trooper remained in the vehicle and drove alongside him,” Maj. Pierce V. Gallagher said. “A preliminary investigation revealed that the subject was not cooperating with troopers and refused to comply with any commands and multiple times ignored the troopers and made furtive movements.”
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Investigators said the man refused to answer any of the trooper’s questions about why he was walking along the interstate, and then they said out of nowhere the man lunged at the trooper’s car and tried to open the door to get inside.
That’s when police said the trooper walking alongside the man shot him.
“Troopers immediately called for assistance. The subject, whose identity is not being released at this time pending family notification, was transported to Orange County Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased,” Gallagher said.
State police released very few details about the shooting victim, only saying he was 41 years old, a New York resident, but not from Orange County. Investigators also said they did not find a weapon.
State police told CBS2 the trooper involved in the shooting is cooperating with the investigation. At this time, that trooper is not facing suspension.