A Pennsylvania school principal was armed and barricaded in his home. He shot the responding state trooper before he ended his own life.
His estranged wife reported 43-year-old Steven Kiley to the authorities at around 3:30 a.m. 29-year-old Trooper Nicholas Clark responded alongside a Steuben County sheriff’s officer.
The wife was worried that her husband was armed and he was threatening to end his life, according to state police First Deputy Superintendent Chris Fiore.
The moment Kiley saw the responding officers, he fired his gun. Clark was badly hit and the sheriff’s officer dragged him away from Kiley’s range. Unfortunately, he was already in a critical condition by then and eventually died.
Soon after, Kiley headed back into his barricaded home. Negotiators were called to talk to the suspect and make him get out of the house. A couple of hours later, the police decided to get inside and they found a lifeless Kiley. He had shot himself
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Clark was remembered by his colleagues as a hero and a good person. They sent the family words of condolences and offered their prayers, as shared by the New York Daily News.
Police Benevolent Association President Thomas Mungeer said, “Trooper Clark is a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of serving and protecting others. Despite the inherent dangers in today’s society, our troopers have answered — and will continue to answer — the call of duty again and again.”
During his high school years, Clark – from the hamlet of Troupsburg in Steuben County – was a two-time state wrestling champion and a top-notch football player.
He played football at Alfred University and graduated with an environmental studies degree in December 2011.
In 2015, he graduated from the New York State Police Academy and was later on designated to barracks in Auburn following Ithaca.
The governor also flew into the town and offered his condolences to Clark’s family. At the same time, he raised awareness on the dangers of working as a police officer.
He said, “Everything the police do nowadays is dangerous, whether it be a car stop or a domestic violence incident or a storm or a hurricane or possible terrorist activity — it’s all dangerous because these are frightening times.”