Trooper Dies from Gunshot Wounds

July 22, 2010 Updated Sep 4, 2006 at 12:15 AM EDT

One of the state troopers shot last week in western New York has died.

At a news conference tonight police announced 32-year-old Joseph Longobardo died from his injuries.

The death adds a new level to the search for the prime suspect in the shooting, Ralph "Bucky" Phillips.

News Saturday evening intensified the manhunt for a suspect police think shot two state troopers, killing one of them.

"His parents were there, his sister and his wife," said Wayne Bennett, superintendent of the New York State Police.

State police superintendent Wayne Bennett announced tonight that trooper Joseph Longobardo died from his injuries.

The 32-year-old was an 8-year veteran of the force.

He was based out of Troop G near Albany.

Longobardo and a fellow trooper were conducting surveillance in Chautaqua County Thursday.

That's when they were shot by a high-powered rifle.

Longobardo suffered massive blood loss and just yesterday doctors amputated his leg.

Superintendent Wayne Bennett says Longobardo's death is a wake up call to all of the state troopers.

"More than ever they have to be vigilant out there, they have to pay attention and always have to remember they are their brother and sister's keeper," Bennett said.

Bennett said in the past days, the public has been helpful with calling in leads and tips.

"And they appreciate the fact I think especially now after what I just told you, this is real, this is real," he said.

Longobardo is survived by his wife and 13-month-old son.

The other trooper shot in the ambush is in critical condition in a Pennsylvania hospital.

Donald Baker Jr. remains in a medically-induced coma.

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