Colesville, NY – Police are hunting for an “armed and dangerous” suspect who opened fire on a New York state trooper with a shotgun on Wednesday night when she was backing up a deputy who was conducting a welfare check at a residence in Colesville.
The shooting occurred at about 8:30 p.m. on June 8 when a Broome County sheriff’s deputy and the New York state trooper went to a home on East Windsor Road, north of Binghamton, to do a welfare check, WBNG reported.
Broome County Sheriff David Harder said that when the law enforcement officers arrived at the home, the suspect grabbed a gun and shot the female trooper.
Sheriff Harder said the armed suspect fled after he shot the trooper and a manhunt was launched that involved multiple law enforcement agencies, WBNG reported.
The wounded trooper was transported to the hospital and taken into surgery.
Sheriff Broome said the trooper was shot in the leg and was expected to survive her wounds, WBNG reported.
New York State Police have identified the suspect as 34-year-old Jason D. Johnson.
State police said he was last seen on East Windsor Road in Thorn Hill, WBNG reported.
Johnson is 5’ 7” tall, weighs about 160 pounds, and has a long Mohawk.
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: New York State Police are releasing pictures of the suspect they say shot a state trooper in Colesville Wednesday night. A 1996 blue Ford F-250 with the license plate HZV7759 is believed to be involved in the incident. pic.twitter.com/2tbvVXUe3N
— Vanessa Rizzitano (@WENYVanessaR) June 10, 2021
Officials said that Johnson should be considered armed and dangerous and said that anyone who spotted him should call 911 and not approach him, WBNG reported.
New York State Police said they believed Johnson was traveling in a blue 1996 Ford F-250 pick-up truck with New York license plate HZV7759.
The Windsor and Harpursville school districts ordered classed to be conducted online on Thursday and kept classrooms closed as the manhunt for Johnson continued in the area, WBNG reported.
Due to an active public safety event, and at the request of the New York State Police, the Windsor Central School District will have a fully-remote day of instruction on Thursday, June 10th.
— Windsor Schools (@Windsor_CSD) June 10, 2021
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