Two Officers Shot in One Week, Upstate NY


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March 2, 2006, 01:08 AM
Trooper Killed, Gunman Sought
by R News Staff
Published Mar 01, 2006

A New York State trooper, a native of Rochester, was shot and killed in the line of duty in Chemung County Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting took place after a bank robbery in the town of Big Flats, just east of Corning.

Investigators said one or two suspects held up the Chemung Canal Trust around noon. They passed a note to the teller and got away with $1,900.

Investigators said Trooper Andrew Sperr, a 10-year-veteran of the force, stopped the suspects and was shot and killed at the scene.

Anthony Horton, 33, of Elmira suffered four gunshot wounds. Brian Adams, 45, suffered one gunshot wound. Both have both been charged with first degree murder.

Investigators said Sperr was able to shoot the suspects before being shot and killed.

Police believe others may be involved and are looking a 1997 green Ford Taurus, New York state license plate number DKF 4390.

Sperr was stationed at the Horseheads barracks of the New York State Police, Troop E. AJ, as he was known to family and friends, grew up in Rochester and was the youngest of 11 children. Most of his brothers and sisters still live in Rochester area.

Mary Sperr is AJ's sister in law. It was her husband Bill who had to tell his father and mother what happened to their son.

Mary says AJ was fun loving, an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. He owned a big piece of land where he spent time with his horses and dogs.

AJ grew up in Greece and graduated from Aquinas. Mary says he had always wanted to go into law enforcement but she says they never imagined this could happen.

"You never know that you're going to lose him. But you know how dangerous the job can be. ... I feel sorry for people who feel that they have to do that and their only choice is to shoot at a police officer that was there to protect him. "

The family is still working out funeral plans.

Wednesday's shooting was the second fatal shooting of a law enforcement officer in New York State this week.

A New Hartford police officer died Monday night. A suspect in a Kirkland robbery shot the officer.

Police shot and killed the suspect late Monday night outside Philadelphia.

Governor Pataki said Sperr's death "reminds us just about the tremendous sacrifice people make to protect other New Yorkers.

"Our prayers are with the family of the New Yorker that was killed earlier today," Pataki said. "We're going to make sure that we stand with his family and do everything we can to apprehend those who committed this heinous crime."

Anyone with information should call the New York State Police at 607-739-8796

Upstate officer shot and killed
3/1/2006 11:00 PM
(New York-RNS)

New Hartford Police Officer Joseph Corr was shot and killed in the line of duty.

Authorities say Corr and his partner, Officer Ronald Fontaine, responded to an armed robbery in New Hartford last night.

Officer Corr was shot and killed in the line-of-duty while pursuing one of the suspects on foot.

Governor George Pataki released a written statement stating Corr "died a hero. The man who killed this brave police officer, if convicted under the Crimes Against Police Officers Law that I signed late last year, will be sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole." Corr leaves behind a wife and an infant daughter.

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March 2, 2006, 12:22 PM
Hmmm. A cousin of mine served with Trooper Sperr. Stationed in Coopers Plains, he knew him well. I'll have to find out some more on it.
Always a waste of precious human life.

March 3, 2006, 02:51 PM
I learned today that Sperr was shot twice by a 357 after he initiated a stop on the suspected bank robbers. The first hit him under his vest near the waistline. The second under his armpit.

March 3, 2006, 04:23 PM
Thank god the gunlaws are keeping america safe...

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