Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:54:01 AM

Local News

Print Friendly | Bookmark and Share

UPDATED: OFFICER SHOT TWO TIMES WITH OWN WEAPON.

Update:

Flags fly at half-staff for slain officer David Smith, an 18-year veteran of the tight-knit Johnson City Police Department.

Johnson City Police Chief Joseph Zikuski told reporters Smith was twice shot at 7:06 a.m. with his own gun by 43-year-old James Clark outside Clark's place of work, Southern Tier Medical Imaging in Johnson City, part of United Health Services.

"Officer Smith never stood a chance," said Zikuski.

Zikuski said Clark attacked the 48-year-old husband and father of one from behind and took his gun. That was three minutes after Smith responded to a call that Clark appeared to be mentally unstable. Clark, of Greene, was an MRI technician.

Zikuski said Smith was in his patrol vehicle when Clark attacked him and grabbed Smith's gun out of his holster.

A second officer arrived on the scene and quickly fired the shots that took down Clark.

"It could have been much worse," said Zikuski, who said Smith's 40 caliber handgun was found empty. It holds 15 magazines.

Clark was pronounced dead at Wilson Regional Medical Center at 10:22 a.m.

Smith's family was notified this morning. Zikuski is expected to speak to reporters tomorrow with information about funeral arrangements for Smith.


View Related Articles: Broome County, Johnson City or comment on this one below.

blog comments powered by Disqus


Back Back

News system programming and website hosting by EFX internet  EFX internet


Additional Articles


Binghamton High School Prepares 19th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner VIEW VIDEO
More than 50 Binghamton High School students gathered at the school Wednesday to prepare for the school's 19th annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner.   Thursday students and faculty of BHS are expected... more

Broome County Aviation Commissioner is Leaving VIEW VIDEO
The Broome County Commissioner of Aviation has accepted a new position in at an airport in Pennsylvania.    44 year old Carl Beardsley who has been in his position for almost 10 years at the... more

Lesko: Technology and the Fate of Black Friday VIEW VIDEO
Jason: Will Black Friday be the big sales day the stores are expecting? Greg  Lesko of Lesko Financial offers some insight. Greg: Black Friday took its name from the gold market crash of 1869. A... more

Tips for Eating Heart Healthy This Thanksgiving VIEW VIDEO
Thanksgiving is all about friends, family and food, but the American Heart Association is reminding you to stay heart healthy during Thursday's festivities. The American Heart Association... more

Closure of County's Mental Health Clinic Sparks Debate VIEW VIDEO
With the announcement that the 2015 Broome County Budget would be cutting all funding for the County's Mental Health Clinic, many have voiced their concerns about where area patients will  now go to... more

Police Say Pair Robbed Binghamton First Niagara Bank VIEW VIDEO
Binghamton Police have arrested a pair of people they said robbed the First Niagara Bank on Court Street Wednesday morning.   Police say 20-year-old Ashley Texidor and 20-year-old Quioni Simms... more

How Certain Animals From Warm Climates Cope In The Cold Weather VIEW VIDEO
It's easy to throw on a jacket as we head outside in temperatures like these...but can we say the same for zoo animals living outdoors? At the zoo you can find, wallabies, tigers, guinea hogs and... more

Click here for more local news...icon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 A News Story

If you are looking for a copy of a news story that we recently aired, simply click here to find out how.

Breaking News

Do you have a tip or information about a breaking news story? Contact the FOX 40 News Desk at 607.798.0070 or send us an email .




ADVERTISEMENT

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Stumble It More...