NYS Attorney General investigating trooper-shooting death of a 17-year-old, recover knife at scene

NYS Attorney General’s Office investigating after a NYS trooper shoots, kills 17-year-old

NYS Attorney General's Office investigating after a NYS trooper shoots, kills 17-year-old

EAST BLOOMFIELD, N.Y. — The New York State Attorney General’s Office is investigating the police shooting death of a 17-year-old in East Bloomfield.

Wednesday night, State Police say the teenager was shot and killed by a New York State trooper.

State police say the teenager attacked the trooper with a knife.

If you went by the farmhouse where the shooting happened on Route 64 in East Bloomfield Thursday, you wouldn’t know a tragedy happened less than 24 hours before.

All the evidence of a police shooting and investigation was gone Thursday.

The house sits right in between East and West Bloomfield. It was empty when Berkeley Brean went there Thursday, except for a dog in the window.

Wednesday night, just before seven o’clock, a trooper went to the home after an anonymous tip to the state’s Homeland Security Department said someone at the house was talking about killing someone.

After a short conversation, State Police say the teenager immediately lunged at the trooper with a knife and when the teenager charged at the trooper a second time, the trooper shot and killed him.

There is a bike shop about a mile away in Ionia where Berkeley met Craig Smith, whose son is a police officer.

“I can imagine him going to a call like this and having to try to sort out in seconds what you’re going to do. And that’s terrifying,” Smith said. “But then, to have a 17-year-old obviously in some state of distress be thrown into a situation like this, is just really, really unfortunate.”

Smith said he thinks something like this could affect the trust in police.

“On the other hand, I think there’s a lot of good folks in the community. The impossible situation that was created last night — I think there’s going to be lots of conversations with a lot of people, and a lot of folks checking in with their kids and probably having some conversations they didn’t think they were going to have with them,” he said.

State Police did not talk to News10NBC about the case Thursday. By law, the State Attorney General’s Office is the lead in the investigation.

In a statement emailed to News10NBC, the attorney general’s office wrote:

“When the trooper arrived, he encountered the individual at the residence and, once the individual came outside, the trooper engaged with him verbally. The individual then allegedly charged at the trooper with a knife and the trooper fired his weapon at the individual. The individual was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers recovered a knife at the scene.”

Police did not release the name of the teenager, but the superintendent of the Bloomfield Central School District said there is no record of the teenager as a student in the district.

Despite that, Superintendent Andy Doell wrote a letter to parents and wrote:

“I recognize that there is always an impact on a community and a school when a tragedy like this occurs. I also know that supporting our students and supporting one another is important during times like this and I am extremely thankful to be in a District and community that does that better than anyone.”

Scene of shooting involving trooper in East Bloomfield (Photo: WHEC)