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D.A.: Trooper Was "Justified" In Fatal Route 17 Shooting

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KIRKWOOD, N.Y. -

Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell has found New York State Trooper Timothy Conklin completely justified in his actions during a fatal shootout on Route 17 following an investigation. 

Trooper Conklin fatally shot Nicholas Philhower of Windsor on January 28 following the report of a stolen Nissan Murano from Philhower's mother. She requested her son be arrested upon learning of the stolen vehicle.

Trooper Conklin spotted the vehicle traveling westbound in Kirkwood around 6:20 pm, according to authorities. The Nissan went through a media, came to a stop and opened fire with a rifle at Trooper Conklin. The trooper returned fire, fatally striking Philhower. 

Philhower died at the scene, and Trooper Conklin was treated for an arm wound following the standoff. He has since been cleared to work and will be returning to duty this week with an assignment that has yet to be determined. Investigators discovered Philhower was on methamphetamine at the time of the shooting and had prior encounters with the New York State Police.

Monday's press conference included the presentation of audio from a witness's 911 call, photos of Philhower's rifle and both vehicles during the investigation.