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Police: New York State Trooper shot and killed by school principal

Trooper Nicholas Clark (Photo: New York State Police)

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHAM) - A New York state trooper in Steuben County was killed while responding to an early-morning call.

State police say the shooting happened around 3:30 a.m Monday morning on Welch Road in the Town of Erwin, not far from SUNY Corning Community College.

Troopers say 29-year-old Nicholas Clark was responding to a call of a suicidal person. When Trooper Clark arrived, State police say 43-year-old Steven Kiley shot and killed Clark. Kiley was also found dead from an apparent gun shot wound, according to police.

Kiley was the K-12 principal for the Bradford Central School district since July of 2016.

The Bradford Central School District Superintendent did not release any more information.

Troopers say Clark was from Troupsburg, New York. He graduated from the State Police Basic School in 2015.

He is survived by his mother, father, and brother.

Troopers also say that Trooper Clark was an outstanding athlete, who played for Alfred University before trying out for the Buffalo Bills.

Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Steuben County following Trooper Clark's death.

"A situation like this makes no sense," said Cuomo.

"To the State Police, and all police officers in this State, I want them to know that every person in the State of New York has nothing but respect for them, trust in them, and love for them and their families," Cuomo added.

Governor Cuomo also directed flags on all state government buildings to be flown at half Staff in honor of Trooper Clark.

After Trooper Clark was hit by gunfire, a deputy sheriff put his own life in danger to pull Trooper Clark to a position of safety.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo released the following statement:

My heart breaks for the family of New York State Trooper Nicholas Clark, killed today in the line of duty just south of our area. Trooper Clark’s loss is a tragic reminder of the many dangers law enforcement officers face every time they put on the badge on our behalf. As we spend time with our own friends and family this week, may we all take time to recognize and appreciate the sacrifices made by those who serve in uniform to keep us safe, both at home and abroad. I ask that our entire community join me in keeping the Clark family and all New York State Troopers in our thoughts and prayers today and in the days to come.

The incident remains under investigation.

This is a developing story. 13WHAM will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.


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