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Police ID suspect accused of hitting trooper with vehicle in Binghamton

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- New details have been released following a police investigation into an incident in Binghamton Tuesday in which police say a suspect was shot after intentionally hitting a trooper with his vehicle. 

At approximately 5:05 p.m. Tuesday, troopers initiated a pursuit of a 2017 Ford Fusion on Mitchell Avenue of Binghamton that was being operated by a suspect wanted on an active warrant of arrest. 

According to New York State Police, a preliminary investigation has found the suspect, James Giacalone, 36, of Glen Aubrey, fled in the vehicle and was pursued on several city streets and onto Conklin Avenue. State police say he was operating the vehicle in a "reckless and dangerous manner." 

Authorities say Giacalone eventually turned onto Alfred Street and crashed his vehicle into a utility pole. According to state police, troopers then got out of their patrol vehicles to take Giacalone into custody. 

"In an attempt to escape, Giacalone backed his vehicle down Alfred Street, across Conklin Avenue, and into a parking lot where he stopped," state police said in a news release. "As the troopers approached the vehicle, Giacalone suddenly accelerated forward, striking one of the pursuing troopers." 

State police say that same trooper discharged one round from his division-issued sidearm. Giacalone was shot in the face, but continued to flee in his vehicle, according to police.

Troopers say the suspect was found on foot a short distance away by responding law enforcement and was taken into custody. 

Authorities say Giacalone was taken to Wilson Hospital and transferred to a Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania for treatment of his injuries. 

The injured trooper was taken to Wilson Hospital for leg and facial injuries and was treated and released, according to state police.

The criminal investigation is ongoing. The New York State Police are asking the public for any witnesses or information related to this incident to contact them at (607) 775-1241. 

The New York State Police were assisted in this investigation by the Binghamton Police Department, Broome County Sheriff’s Department, Endicott Police Department, FBI, Broome County District Attorney, and Superior Ambulance.  

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