Strobridge death investigation moves to Attorney General’s desk

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UPDATE (3:38 p.m.): Investigators from the New York State Police and state Attorney General’s Office removed items from the home of Gary Strobridge Wednesday afternoon.

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – The New York State Attorney General’s Office has officially taken over the investigation into the death of Gary Strobridge.

Strobridge died on Aug. 23 at Upstate Medical Center after an incident with the Elmira Police Department on Horner Street the day before.

A memorial was formed on Horner Street one week after Gary Strobridge was tased by police outside of his home.

Balloons, candles, and signs were set up along the sidewalk in memory of Strobridge.

Elmira Police tell 18 News that there are currently no Elmira Police Officers on administrative leave as a result of any incident or investigation.

Police say they were called to Strobridge’s home and found him on his roof. Strobridge came down from the roof “acting unusual” and began chasing a neighbor while shouting.

Officers attempted to take the Strobridge into custody under the Mental Hygiene Law, saying “he was clearly a danger to himself and/or others.”

Strobridge allegedly struck an officer in the face, leading to a struggle with law enforcement. An Elmira police officer used a Taser during the incident and Strobridge was taken into custody.

While receiving initial treatment at an unnamed hospital, police say the Strobridge was somewhat cooperative. At one point his “behavior suddenly changed and he physically attacked an Elmira police officer.”

During a second struggle with police, Strobridge suddenly became limp and unresponsive. He received medical treatment and was transported to Upstate Medical Center where he later died.

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