PAINTED POST, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - State Police and those who knew Trooper Nicholas Clark best are still reeling from his death early Monday morning.
29-year-old Clark was shot and killed while responding to a suicidal individual in the Corning area.
Those who knew Clark weighed in on his death:
"This morning at approximately 3:30 a.m. members of the New York State Police, the Steuben County Sheriff's Office and the Corning Police Department responded to a call of a suicidal subject barricaded at his resident in the town of Erwin, Steuben County. During the course of the response, Trooper Nicholas Clark was shot and killed by the suspect. The suspect was later found deceased in the residence from an apparent gunshot wound.
Trooper Clark, who was 29 years old, lived in Troupsburg, New York. He graduated from the 203rd Session of the State Police Basic School in September of 2015. He was presently assigned to SP Bath, Troop E. He is survived by his mother, father, and brother, who have all been notified. This is a terrible loss for the New York State Police and our thoughts and prayers are with Trooper Clark and his family"
--Chris Fiore, First Deputy Superintendent of State Police
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Rome on Monday, offering his condolences to Clark's family, and thanking Clark-- and all law enforcement-- for their service.
"To the Clark family, to his mother, his father, his brother, we hope you find peace in this senseless act of violence. A 29-year-old trooper, a stellar trooper with an extraordinary record, his whole life before him. Great athlete. Well accomplished. He wanted to do one thing which was help people. And help public service and that's what the New York State Police afford, an opportunity to give back to your community, to help your community. To help other families. Situation like this makes no sense. On any side, the loss of life—29-year-old with his whole life ahead of him. Was just trying to help and do good things. As Governor, you deal with a lot of different situations. Some almost unimaginable. Especially in these difficult times. This is one situation that I've gone through before, the state police have gone through before, 13 troopers lost in 5 years. There's no answer. There's no point. It's just sad and painful."
--Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Clark, who attended Alfred University and played football for the Saxons, was remembered by the school and athletic staff.
"The entire Alfred University community is reeling from the news that Nicholas Clark '11 was killed early this morning in the line of duty as a New York State trooper. This tragedy touches us in so many ways. Nick was a wonderful young man, highly regarded for his community spirit, great heart, and unquestionable skills as a football player. Whenever the Saxons got into a tough situation on the football field, the coaches sent in Nick Clark to get the job done.
Nick’s mother, Theresa Gunn ’96 MBA ‘98, is an accounting professor with our College of Business and a valued member of our community. Please join me in extending our condolences to Theresa and her family on Nick’s tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time."
--Mark Zupan, President of Alfred University
"Nick is one of the all-time greats that has ever worn the Purple & Gold and did so in a way that left a legacy that will never be forgotten. Our heartfelt prayers and supportive thoughts go out to his family, including his mother, Theresa Gunn, an Alfred University professor and currently the Faculty Athletic Representative for the Division of Athletics. Nick’s passion was to serve others, and this led him to his position as a NYS Trooper. His passing underscores the incredible sacrifices and risks that these brave men and women make every day to keep our communities safe."
--Paul Vecchio, Alfred University Athletic Director
Cuomo has directed that all flags be flown at half-staff until Clark's funeral.
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