State Police Identify Man

State Police Identify Man

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 19, 2008 at 12:19 PM EDT

New York State Police Press Release.

The New York State Police, Broome County Sheriff’s Office and Vestal Police Department are continuing their investigation into a suicide that occurred at 4601 Radcliff Blvd in Vestal last night.

Broome County Sheriff’s Sergeant Shaun Carnevale attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding on Hawleyton Road in the Town of Binghamton at about 10:28 p.m.

The operator of the vehicle, later identified as Thomas H. Leskovich, Age 38, 4601 Radcliff Blvd, Vestal, New York, refused to stop.

Sergeant Carnevale pursued the vehicle onto State Route 434 in the Town of Vestal, where speeds reached over 100 miles per hour.

New York State Trooper Mark J. Searles, SP Endwell, joined the pursuit as the second vehicle as the pursuit passed the University Plaza.

The pursued vehicle drove westbound in the eastbound lanes of St-434 before turning onto Murray Hill Road.

The pursued vehicle subsequently pulled into the driveway at 4601 Radcliff Blvd and Mr. Leskovich ran into the residence with Trooper Searles directly behind him. Mr. Leskovich armed himself with a shotgun and pointed it at Trooper Searles.

Trooper Searles warned Sergeant Carnevale, who had just entered the residence, that Leskovich was armed. Mr. Leskovich then pointed the shotgun at his own head and fired one round, killing himself.

Broome County Coroner, Doctor Timothy Jones, responded to the scene and ordered the body removed to Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton.

Doctor James Terzian, Forensic Pathologist, performed an autopsy this morning. He determined the cause of death to be from massive head trauma from a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

He ruled that the manner of death was a suicide.

The Vestal Volunteer Ambulance Squad assisted police agencies at the scene.

The Vestal Police Department, Broome County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police are continuing the investigation.

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