A Florida man is charged with one count of first-degree murder after intentionally running into a New York State Trooper with his car.
State officials say Almond Upton was traveling north on I-81 in Broome County when he intentionally hit two cars at around noon May 29.
Police said he then traveled another mile when he spotted Trooper Christopher G. Skinner conducting a traffic stop just north of exit 6, between Chenango Bridge and Castle Creek. Upton traveled from the passing to driving lane, intentionally struck Skinner and sideswiped the car he had stopped, authorities said.
Skinner was killed instantly.
Upton continued a short distance, then stopped and ran into nearby woods, police said. A search ensued and the 60-year-old was taken into custody shortly after 1 p.m. He is being held without bail.
One driver in the cars Upton hit first suffered minor injuries and was treated at Wilson Hospital.
Trooper Skinner was a 13-year veteran of the New York State Police. He worked in Troops C, E and G. He was assigned to the Traffic Incident Management detail in 2008.
The Binghamton, NY, resident is survived by his mother, Sharyn, brother, Shawn, fiancé, Surrena, and two children, 15-year-old Kyle and 12-year-old Erin. He was 42.