State trooper dies after allegedly being run down on highway - New York News

State trooper dies after allegedly being run down on highway

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Trooper Christopher G. Skinner (NY State Police) Trooper Christopher G. Skinner (NY State Police)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

A Florida man is charged with murder after he allegedly purposely hit and killed a New York State Trooper along I-81 in Broome County.

Almond Upton, 60, of Melrose, Fla. was arraigned in Town of Chenango Court on one count of first degree murder in connection with the death of Trooper Christopher G. Skinner.

The incident took place just after 12:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Police say Upton was driving on I-81 when he intentionally hit two cars driving north. One driver suffered minor injuries and was treated at a hospital.

After another one mile, just north of exit 6, between Chenango Bridge and Castle Creek, Upton allegedly spotted Skinner conducting a traffic stop. Police say he swerved over from the passing lane to the right lane and intentionally hit Skinner and sideswiped the car the trooper had stopped.

Trooper Skinner was killed instantly, according to the state police.

Upton's vehicle continued on a short distance before stopping. He got out and ran into nearby woods. He was arrested about an hour later after a police dog tracked him down.  He was found naked.  Police say he didn't appear to be drunk or on drugs.

Upton is in the Broome County Jail with no bail. It was unclear if he had a lawyer.  He told police he was driving to Connecticut to visit his mother.

Skinner was assigned to the Traffic Incident Management Unit at Troop C in Delaware County.

Skinner was a 13 year veteran of the New York State Police. He was from Binghamton and is survived by his mother, Sharyn, brother, Shawn, fiancé, Surrena, and two children, 15-year-old Kyle and 12-year-old Erin.

Trooper Skinner was 42 years old. Funeral arrangements will follow, according to the state police.

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