Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff in honor of New York State Police Trooper Nicholas F. Clark, who died in the line of duty today in Steuben County. They will be lowered until Trooper Clark's interment. Earlier today, Governor Cuomo met with state troopers and local law enforcement to receive a briefing on Trooper Clark's death.
AUDIO of the briefing is available here.
PHOTOS will be available on Governor Cuomo's Flickr page.
A rush transcript of the briefing is available below.
First Deputy Superintendent Fiore: Good afternoon. I am First Deputy Superintendent of the New York State Police Chris Fiore. We will hear shortly from Governor Andrew Cuomo but I will first provide an update on this morning's tragic event based on the information that we currently have. This morning at approximately 3:30 a.m. members of the New York State Police, the Steuben County Sheriff's Office and the Corning Police Department responded to a call of a suicidal subject barricaded at his resident in the town of Erwin, Steuben County. During the course of the response, Trooper Nicholas Clark was shot and killed by the suspect. The suspect was later found deceased in the residence from an apparent gunshot wound.
Trooper Clark, who was 29 years old, lived in Troupsburg, New York. He graduated from the 203rd Session of the State Police Basic School in September of 2015. He was presently assigned to SP Bath, Troop E. He is survived by his mother, father, and brother, who have all been notified. This is a terrible loss for the New York State Police and our thoughts and prayers are with Trooper Clark and his family.
The incident remains under investigation, and State Police will make additional information available as it comes in. I would now like to hand it over to Governor Cuomo. Thank you.
Governor Cuomo: Thank you. I want to thank the First Deputy Superintendent Chris Fiore for his good work. Field Commander Stephen Smith, Richard Allen, who is the Troop Major for Troop E. Thank you and we're sorry for your loss and all the colleagues of Trooper Clark. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard, I want to thank him for his partnership with the State Police but especially for their help and assistance during this situation. After Trooper Clark was hit with gunfire, Deputy Sheriff put his own life in danger to pull Trooper Clark to a position of safety. To the Clark family, to his mother, his father, his brother, we hope you find peace in this senseless act of violence. 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. And help public service and that's what the New York State Police afford, an opportunity to give back to your community, to help your community. To help other families. Situation like this makes no sense. On any side, the loss of life—29-year-old with his whole life ahead of him. Was just trying to help and do good things. As Governor, you deal with a lot of different situations. Some almost unimaginable. Especially in these difficult times. This is one situation that I've gone through before, the state police have gone through before, 13 troopers lost in 5 years. There's no answer. There's no point. It's just sad and painful.
To the State Police and to all police officers in this state—I want them to know that every person in the State of New York has nothing but respect for them, trust in them, and love for them and their families. We know the danger that you put yourself in every day when you leave the house. We know the fear that is in your families' heart when you're out there. And we truly and deeply appreciate the risk that you take to keep our families safe. And everything the police do nowadays is dangerous. Whether it's a traffic stop or a domestic violence incident or a storm or a hurricane or a possible terrorist activity, it's all dangerous because these are frightening times. And in many ways, we need our police officers and public protectors more than ever.
Again, to the Clark family, you're in our thoughts, you're in our prayers. To the colleagues of Trooper Clark, you're in our thoughts and in our prayers. To the Steuben County Sheriff's Department, thank you for being there, thank you for the courage that you showed in trying to be helpful. And we will go forward together and understand that this is the risk that public service for law enforcement officers pose.
Beyond that, I'll turn it back to the First Deputy Superintendent for any questions or any questions for myself.
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