Fallen police officer identified

By Conor Mooney

March 31, 2014 Updated Apr 1, 2014 at 11:36 AM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Police identified the officer shot and killed Monday as David Smith, 43, an officer with the Johnson City Police Department.

Police Chief Joseph Zikuski said Smith was an 18-and-a-half-year veteran of the force.

He had just started his shift for the day at 6:45 a.m. when he responded to the scene at 32 Harrison St. in Johnson City just after 7 a.m.

Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement following Smith's death.

"I was deeply saddened to learn that Officer David Wayne Smith was killed in the line of duty today. Officer Smith was a 19-year-veteran of the Johnson City police force. We are deeply grateful for his service and extend our heartfelt condolences to Officer Smith’s family, friends and fellow officers."

Smith was married with one child.

Last year, he was promoted to a day side shift.

Early Monday, flags were lowered to half staff at the Johnson City Police Department.

Zikuski said Smith will be greatly missed.

"He is going to be missed, deeply, as I said, by his comrades and family," Chief Zikuski said. "It's tough. We just addressed myself and the two assistant chiefs, the rest of the staff. It is what it is."

Counseling is underway for the JC officers.

Zikuski picked up Smith's badge off the ground after the shooting. For the remainder of the day, he kept it in his pocket.

Zikuski said the family asks for privacy at this time.

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