On Monday during the early morning hours, Trooper Nicholas Clark, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and the Corning Police Department responded to a call of a suicidal subject barricaded at a residence at 10041 Welch Road in Erwin.
During the initial response, Trooper Clark was shot and killed.
The suspect, 43-year old Steven M. Kiley, was found in the residence dead of an apparent gunshot wound.
Trooper Clark, of Troupsburg was 29-years-old.
He graduated from the 203rd session of the Basic School on September 3rd, 2015, and was originally assigned to Troop C in Ithaca and Troop E in Auburn before receiving his current assignment at Troop E in Bath.
He is survived by his mother, father and brother. His mother, Theresa Clark Gunn (neé Brasted), and uncle, (Eric Brasted), attended Geneva High School – Class of ’84 & ’86 respectively.
Governor Andrew Cuomo was at a press conference held after the incident, in which he pointed to the increased number of events like the tragic one that unfolded on Monday.
“Everything the police do now a days is dangerous. Whether its a traffic stop or domestic violence incident or a storm or a hurricane, possible terrorist activity. Its all dangerous because these are frightening times,” he said during the update. “In many ways we need our police officers and public protectors more than ever.”
State Police First Deputy Superintendent Chris Fiore said that crisis negotiators were brought in but could not make contact with Kiley. Officials noted that the call of Kiley’s distress originally came from his estranged wife.
She told 911 operators that Kiley was armed and suicidal.
Video provided by Rachel Midey, of Big Fox in Corning.
Sen. Tom O’Mara said the following in a statement to media:
“First and foremost, on behalf of our entire region, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Trooper Nicholas Clark, and to all of his fellow New York State Troopers. Trooper Clark was killed in the line of duty. His death is another terrible reminder that the men and women of the New York State Police – and all law enforcement agencies – put their lives on the line every single day to protect the safety and well-being of our communities. We are grateful for, and deeply respect and honor their commitment, their service and their sacrifices.”
Corning Community College said the following in a statement on Facebook:
“Please be aware there was an incident in the early morning hours of July 2, 2018, off-campus that did not involve any SUNY Corning Community College students or personnel. There is no threat to the campus. All offices are open. The State Police are investigating the incident and are using one of the College’s parking lots as a Command Center. All questions should be referred to the State Police.”
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– Canisteo hometown pays respects to slain trooper (Daily Messenger)
– New York State Trooper killed: Nicholas Clark shot by suicidal Steuben principal (IthacaJournal.com)
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– Video: Trooper killed in Corning (IthacaJournal.com)
– Gallery: Trooper killed near Corning, motorcade proceeds to hospital (IthacaJournal.com)
– These Southern Tier law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty (IthacaJournal.com)
– State police ID trooper killed near Corning; suspect identified as school principal (Syracuse.com)
– Police: New York State Trooper shot and killed by school principal (WHAM)
– Trooper Nick Clark remembered as a fearless leader (WHAM)
– State trooper killed while responding to call near Corning (WHEC)
– Hometown pays respects to fallen NYS trooper, local hero (WHEC)
Nicholas Clark wanted to play football in the NFL, but instead served his community. https://t.co/bBnjRST7ts
— Chronicle Express (@PennYanNYnews) July 2, 2018
Police car processional for Trooper Nicholas Clark heading west on Rt 86 to Hornell. Fire fighters saluting Clark as they passed. 🇱🇷 pic.twitter.com/mmcxVaomzM
— Carlet Cleare (@ccleare) July 2, 2018
Hornell pays its respects to fallen Trooper and Troupsburg native Nicholas Clark during a procession bringing him home for the final time. pic.twitter.com/uPxFJAAyJS
— Jason Jordan (@JasonDJordan) July 3, 2018
— The_Citizen (@The_Citizen) July 2, 2018
Photos of heavy police presence this morning near Corning Community College and Spencer Crest Nature Center. pic.twitter.com/fcEnhNdgd7
— WENY News (@WENYTV) July 2, 2018
— WBNG 12 News (@WBNG12News) July 2, 2018
NY State Police to hold briefing about shooting near community college campus in Corning, NY. https://t.co/ggEsJH2OfQ
— Tony Gatto (@gattotony) July 2, 2018
— Dan Schrack (@DanSchrack) July 2, 2018
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.