Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 3:41:45 PM

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


Senator Gillibrand Announces New Legislation VIEW VIDEO
It's called the Campus Safety and Accountability Act, and the 8 Senators in charge of co-sponsoring this legislation say colleges need to be held accountable for the large numbers of sexual assault... more

Water Outage Scheduled for Binghamton Areas Thursday VIEW VIDEO
Some Binghamton residents may be without water tomorrow. Water service on Front Street between Gaines Street and Winding Way will shut down from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow due to... more

Richard Miller Runs for Family Court Judge VIEW VIDEO
Town of Union and Village of Johnson City Justice Richard Miller is making another run at becoming a Broome County family court judge. Miller made his announcement in Endwell today. The... more

Cuomo Announces Thousands of Jobs on Jobs Express Website VIEW VIDEO
Governor Cuomo is announcing more than 100,000 available jobs are now listed on the Jobs Express website. The site sorts thousands of jobs by region and occupation and also allows users to... more

Exchange Street Bridge Construction to Begin Shortly VIEW VIDEO
Construction on the Exchange Street Bridge was supposed to begin earlier this spring, but will instead start in late August, or even early September.   The rehabilitation will include tearing up... more

Johnson City Tax Preparer Faces Suspension VIEW VIDEO
New York State has suspended 40 tax preparers, including one in Johnson City, for not filing their own personal income tax returns for 2011 and 2012. Ida Edwards of Johnson City can no longer... more

Broome Co Sees Decline in Sales Tax Revenue, Report Says VIEW VIDEO
Broome County is struggling this year in sales tax revenue and it isn't alone. State Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli released a report today showing Broome is one of 16 counties in the state to see a... 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...