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New York State Police Shoot, Kill Man Who Tries to Climb Into Trooper's Car on Interstate 84: Officials

What to Know

  • There was a police-involved shooting on Interstate 84 in the Orange County town of Montgomery Thursday morning, officials said
  • Troopers initially responding to a disabled vehicle then responded to a report of a man walking on highway; it's unclear if it was his car
  • The man allegedly tried to get into a trooper's car and one trooper opened fire; he was pronounced dead at a hospital

New York State Police shot and killed a man they say tried to climb into a trooper's car after they stopped to talk to him as he walked along Interstate 84 in Orange County Thursday, authorities say. 

Troopers initially were responding to a report of a disabled vehicle along the side of the road near exit 5A in Montgomery around 2 a.m., State Police said at a news briefing. The troopers left the disabled vehicle when they got a report of a man walking on the highway. 

It wasn't immediately clear if the man was connected to the disabled car, but when troopers caught up with him, one got out to speak with him as the other drove the state police vehicle beside them, authorities said. 

The man was not cooperative with troopers, a preliminary investigation revealed, and refused to comply with commands multiple times. It wasn't immediately clear what troopers were asking him to do, but they say the man made a move to try to get into the state police vehicle and one trooper shot him. 

The man, whose identity was being withheld, was taken to Orange Regional Medical Center, where he died. The investigation shut down the westbound lanes of the highway between Routes 747 and 208 for hours, leading to major traffic backups as the morning rush got underway. All lanes have seen reopened.

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