Convicted cop killer Joseph Comfort has died in Mohawk Correctional Facility at the age of 71, according to the DOCCS. 

Comfort was sentenced to life in prison after fatally shooting Trooper Robert Van Hall in 1980.

The shooting took place at a car wash in Corning in December 1980. Two undercover police officers were following a car being driven by Larry Comfort that was involved in drug activity.

The Comfort’s car then rammed the trooper’s car and Larry’s brother, Joseph Comfort, who was in the backseat, then shot and killed Trooper Robert Van Hall and wounded the other trooper in the face.

Both Comforts were convicted of murder but Larry Comfort’s conviction was overturned.

Larry Comfort was later convicted on drug charges but was released on parole in 2016.