Man grabs NY officer's service weapon, kills him

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Associated Press

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 31 at 1:03 PM

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a man grabbed the service weapon of a police officer responding to a disturbance at an upstate New York business and shot him three times, killing him.

Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski says Officer David Smith was responding to a reported disturbance at a health care facility in Johnson City on Monday morning when he was attacked.

The police chief says 43-year-old MRI technician James Clark struggled with Smith outside Southern Tier Imaging before grabbing the officer's gun and discharging the weapon's entire magazine.

Smith was an 18-year veteran of the force and died at the scene.

Clark, from nearby Greene, was shot by another officer and died at a hospital.

Zikuski says Clark was described by co-workers as a "model employee." He says a motive is unclear.

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