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23 May 2019
UPDATE -- State Police investigate member involved shooting in town of Montgomery
 Major Pierce V. Gallagher
 Troop F Commander


UPDATE: State Police continue to investigate the member-involved shooting that occurred on May 23, 2019 on Interstate 84 in the town of Montgomery. 
The investigation revealed Troopers responding to a report of a disabled vehicle blocking both lanes of travel were assisted by a commercial motor vehicle operator in removing the vehicle from the roadway. 
State Police would like to speak with this driver, and anyone else who may have been traveling on Interstate 84 who may have witnessed any portion of the incident.  
State Police can be contacted at (845) 344-5300.   


UPDATE: State Police have identified the deceased as Luke H. Patterson, age 41, of Tannersville, NY.

State Police ask that anyone who may have information about Patterson or the events leading up to this incident to call SP Middletown at 845-344-5300.


On May 23, 2019, at approximately 1:55 a.m., State Police responded to a report of a disabled vehicle on I-84 in the town of Montgomery near exit 5A.
As Troopers arrived on the scene of the disabled vehicle, another call was received of a subject walking along the westbound shoulder of I-84, near exit 5.
The responding Troopers leave the disabled vehicle to respond to the report of a subject walking. When they encountered the individual, one member exited the troop car and engaged the individual in conversation, while the other drove the vehicle beside them.
A preliminary investigation revealed the subject was not cooperative with Troopers, and refused to comply with commands multiple times. When the subject made a movement to enter the Troop car, one member fired his Division issued firearm, striking the subject.  
The Troopers immediately called for assistance and treated the subject at the scene.
The subject, whose identity is not being released at this time, was transported to Orange Regional Medical Center where he died.
I-84 was shut down for a period of time for the investigation, but has since reopened to traffic.

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