Trooper killed in Binghamton has local ties

Updated: 05/30/2014 5:51 AM
Created: 05/29/2014 9:50 PM WHEC.com

A state trooper, hit and killed by a passing car during a traffic stop near Binghamton, has ties to the Rochester area.     

State Police say Trooper Christopher Skinner was hit around noon Thursday during a traffic stop near Binghamton. He was killed instantly. Trooper Skinner was a firefighter in the Shortsville Fire Department.

Trooper Christopher Skinner spent about six years in the Shortsville area and was a volunteer firefighter, fire police officer and EMT for the Shortsville Fire Department.

Shortsville Fire Chief Jason Wagner knew Skinner well. They were EMS partners. Wagner said he and Skinner worked together for about six years before Skinner became a New York State Trooper. 

He says Skinner worked for Case Tractor selling farm equipment, but he said Skinner dreamed of becoming a trooper and he left Shortsville in 2000 to pursue that dream. 

State Police say he was on a routine traffic stop Thursday when the truck driver, Almond Upton, purposely swerved his truck into Skinner, killing him instantly. Police dogs tracked Upton in a wooded area nearby where he was found naked. 

Wagner says this is a great loss.

Wagner said, “Chris, I would say he was very passionate about community service and taking care of the people around him. He was always passionate about coming and being on duty, and very conscientious about what he was doing. It was very obvious that he cared about his work with the community, and you could always count on Chris to be here when the pager went off.”

Upton was arraigned on a first-degree murder charge and is behind bars.

Skinner is a father of two and was engaged to be married. 

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