Update: Suspect Shot in Town of Berlin by State Trooper
New York State Police say an autopsy is being performed this afternoon on the body of the man shot to death by a state trooper over the weekend. Still missing is the weapon the man allegedly had on him when police opened fire.
During a press conference in Latham, New York, State Police and the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office provided the following update on the shooting death of the Berlin man now identified as 38-year old Steven J. Bell.
Sheriffs in Rensselaer County responded to a 911 call of a domestic incident after 5:30pm on Sunday, November 17, 2013 in Berlin, New York. The caller said that Steven Bell had left his home armed with a rifle from which he had allegedly fired a shot.
The Sheriff’s Office, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police, and New York State Police tried to find Bell. Within an hour Bell’s vehicle was found in the Berlin State Forest.
Although no weapons were seen, 7mm ammunition was allegedly seen inside the vehicle.
Using night vision goggles, one of the officers saw Bell. He started to approach police and allegedly ignored their commands to stop and show his hands. According to a written release police say he then made threatening statements and motioned “as if he was bringing a weapon up.”
Officers responded to the perception of a threat by firing from a patrol rifle and a Glock handgun. Bell was hit and fell to the ground.
Officers performed first aid but Bell died from his injuries.
The New York State Police Forensic Identification Unit is still investigating. At this time the suspect’s weapon has not been located. New York State Police Internal Affairs is also conducting its own investigation.