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  • New York Police Search for Gunman Who Shot 2 N.Y. State Troopers


    Travis D. Trim, 23
    Heavily armored police hunting for a suspect in the shooting death of a state trooper and wounding of two others surrounded a rural farm house Wednesday in the Catskill Mountains.

    An armored vehicle moved in and out of the property as police sharpshooters took up positions behind a stone wall in the compound. Other officers were stationed on overlooking hilltops or were shielded by trees and walls.

    There was no sign of activity from the house, and it wasn't immediately clear if any residents were there or in its two red barns. Neighbors described the property as a weekend residence in Arkville, a rural hamlet near Margaretville.

    Shortly before 1:30 p.m., a robot unit was sent toward the home.

    The hunt for Travis D. Trim, 23, of North Lawrence started Tuesday after Trooper Matthew Gombosi was shot in the torso during a traffic stop in the Margaretville area. Police said Gombosi's body armor saved him from serious injury, but the suspect escaped.

    A stolen minivan Trim was believed to have been driving was later found abandoned on a road in nearby Middletown, authorities said.

    Wednesday morning, two more state troopers who had been searching for Trim were shot during a confrontation in Margaretville.

    "They had a good 20 shots going back and forth," said Chan Squires of Margaretville, who witnessed the shootings. "You could hear them ringing out."

    A spokeswoman for Gov. Eliot Spitzer said one of the troopers died shortly after the shooting. Both had been flown by helicopter to a hospital, said Maureen Tuffey, a spokeswoman for the state police in Albany. No further information was released.

    The shooting death Wednesday was the second of a New York State Trooper during a manhunt since September.

    Last summer, Ralph "Bucky" Phillips led police on a five-month manhunt throughout heavily wooded western New York after breaking out of a county jail. During his time on the run, he shot one trooper during a traffic stop and two others who were searching for him. One of those troopers later died.

    Phillips was captured in September and is serving two life sentences.

    After that manhunt, the largest in New York history, the union that represents state troopers sharply criticized the way state police officials managed the search.

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    My heart aches right now.
    Molly Weasley makes Chuck Norris eat his vegetables.



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