A principal shot and killed a 29-year-old New York State Trooper before killing himself Monday.
Bradford Central School District Principal Steven Kiley fatally shot New York State Trooper Nicholas Clark during a standoff when Clark and other law enforcement officers responded to a 911 call from a woman who identified Kiley as her estranged husband, reported the New York Post.
“[She] said that he had stated he was thinking about suicide and might be armed,” First Deputy Superintendent of State Police Chris Fiore said at a press conference. He said that Kiley “was later found deceased in the residence with an apparent gunshot wound.”
Clark had won a state wrestling championship twice, obtaining a wrestling scholarship to the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He also played football and had tried out for the Buffalo Bills. New York Troop E Major Rick Allen characterized him as an “outstanding athlete.” (RELATED: DC Police Officers Now Receiving Critical Race Theory Training)
“A situation like this makes no sense,” Democratic Gov. Chris Cuomo said. “A 29-year-old with his whole life ahead of him was just trying to help and do good things.”
“Trooper Clark is a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of serving and protecting others,” New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President Thomas Mungeer said. “Despite the inherent dangers in today’s society, our Troopers have answered – and will continue to answer – the call of duty again and again.”
Clark was the 26th New York State Police fatality on duty since 2006, the State Police PBA said. The PBA is accepting donations made in Clark’s name to the Signal 30 Benefit Fund for the officer’s funeral costs.
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