A young New York State Police trooper with “his whole life before him” was gunned down early Monday while responding to a report of a suicidal person barricaded inside a home, the governor said.
When Trooper Nicholas Clark responded to the call at about 3:30 a.m., Steven Kiley shot and killed him, the New York State Police said.
Kiley, 43, was later found dead from an apparent gunshot wound inside the home in Steuben County, near the Pennsylvania state line, police said.
Clark, 29, of Troupsburg, New York, is survived by his mother, father and brother, police said.
“To the Clark family, to his mother, his father, his brother, we hope you find peace in this senseless act of violence,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference Monday. “A 29-year-old trooper, a stellar trooper with an extraordinary record, his whole life before him. Great athlete. Well accomplished. He wanted to do one thing — which was help people.”
“This is one situation that I’ve gone through before,” Cuomo continued. “Thirteen troopers lost in five years. There’s no answer. There’s no point. It’s just sad and painful.”
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SOURCE: ABC News, Emily Shapiro