State police: Trooper shot suspect who rammed vehicle, drove at officers

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New York State Police are investigating an incident Saturday in the Town of Trenton in which a suspect was reportedly shot after striking a patrol vehicle with his truck and then driving toward troopers.

The two troopers were on patrol at about 1 a.m. on Route 12 in Boonville when they passed a pickup truck allegedly traveling recklessly at a high rate of speed. They turned around and attempted to pull the truck over, but the driver refused to stop, state police said.

When the troopers attempted to stop the truck by driving ahead, the driver struck the side of their patrol vehicle before entering a parking area just north of Plank Road in Trenton, police said. As the troopers left their vehicle, the driver ignored their commands and drove in their direction. The man was then reportedly shot at.

State police said they would not immediately release the names of either the man who was shot or the troopers involved.

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New York State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place in the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 on State Route 12 in Trenton.
New York State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place in the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 on State Route 12 in Trenton.

"As Troopers exited their patrol vehicle, the driver ignored verbal commands and drove the truck in the direction of the Troopers, who then discharged their division-issued sidearm," a statement from state police reads.

State police declined to clarify whether one or both troopers discharged their firearm, and said the information would be released at a later time.

The man drove south on Route 12 and then came to a stop before surrendering, police said. He was brought to the St. Elizabeth Campus of the Mohawk Valley Health System for treatment of a gunshot wound to the forearm before being released into police custody.

State police say the investigation is ongoing, with charges pending against the man.

H. Rose Schneider covers public safety, breaking and trending news for the Observer-Dispatch. Email Rose at hschneider@gannett.com.

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