New York State Police Zone Commander John Tibbitts and BCI Capt. Robert LaFountain brief members of the media on a shooting incident in the town of North Hudson March 5.
Two New York State Police officers were involved in a high speed chase that ended with the suspect being shot and killed Tuesday, March 5.
Preliminary findings released by State Police on March 6 revealed that Richard J. "Joey" Aubin, 28, of Au Sable Forks was killed after trying to gain possession of one of the troopers weapons, according to BCI Capt. Robert LaFountain.
Aubin was first spotted traveling southbound on Interstate 87 at around 5:07 p.m. by police near the town of Schroon Lake.
Police allege he was speeding.
“He was initially clocked going 95 mph,” LaFountain said.
Police chased the suspect southbound on the interstate until he exited south of Schroon, then traveled north on Route 9.
Police used spike strips just north of the intersection with the ramps leading to exit 29 to slow down the suspect’s vehicle, and he then fled about 75 feet into the woods.
The two officers followed Aubin and engaged him. LaFountain said that physical force and pepper spray were initially used to try and subdue the victim, neither proving effective.
"The suspect violently resisted arrest," LaFountain said. "During the exchange, the suspect grabbed for a sidearm, trying to gain possession from the officer. The second officer then fired several rounds at the suspect, who expired at the scene."
The pursuit lasted roughly 25 minutes.
LaFountain said that the officers were taken to Glens Falls Hospital for treatment of injuries and released. The body was examined by Essex County Coroner Walter “Smitty” Marvin and released for autopsy, which is scheduled in Albany later today.
The names of the troopers involved in the incident will be announced at a later date, according to LaFountain. However, both he and Zone Commander John Tibbitts said the officers would be able to resume normal duties when ready.
“If the Troopers are capable of returning to duty, they will,” Tibbitts said.
“There are a number of internal procedures and safety protocols to make sure that officers are fit to return to duty,” LaFountain said.
Tibbitts said that the investigation into the incident is still in the preliminary stages.
“There’s 110 steps in an investigation like this and we are only on step 10,” Tibbitts said.
LaFountain said that Aubin had an “extensive, violent criminal history,” including an arrest for robbery and conviction for second-degree assault.
LaFountain added that officers are trained to use their weapons only as a last resort.
“We try to use all other means to subdue a suspect,” he said. “These things tend to escalate very quickly sometimes, but it is always the subject’s actions that determine how we respond.”
Throughout the day, investigators continued to examine the scene of the incident on Route 9 in North Hudson, just south of Liberty Road.
The troopers were assisted in the incident by DEC Police, Essex County Sheriff’s deputies, the Moriah Police Department and North Hudson Fire Police, who handled traffic control in the area of the incident.