State Police Say Trooper Brinkerhoff Killed By Friendly Fire

By Greg Catlin

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 27, 2007 at 5:50 PM EST

Trooper David Brinkerhoff was killed Wednesday inside this Delaware County farm house during a shoot-out with a suspect.

It was a shot to the head that killed him, but that shot came from other members of State Police in the exchange of gunfire.

They don't know if it was direct fire or a ricochet.

Trooper Brinkerhoff had already been knocked down from a shot to his bulletproof vest by the suspect.

"Other members came to his aid, located the shooter and started to return fire at the shooter, and at some point, Trooper Brinkerhoff ended up getting hit with a round across the line of fire. Common? No, they train for that, but this was a very volatile situation," says Acting NYS Police Superintendent Preston Felton.

During the gun battle, state police fired approximately 69 rounds.

3 shots hit and killed the suspect, Travis Trim, who was wanted for shooting a state trooper a day earlier.

As for the fire that destroyed the farmhouse, state police say it appears it was started by a tear gas canister landing on a bed.

A second trooper who was injured by the suspect in the gun battle is in serious, but stable condition Friday night at an Albany hospital.

State Police promise a thorough investigation.

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