Trooper Hit and Killed In Broome County

State Police Officer Run Over in Broome County

The Suspect, Almond Upton of Florida

Trooper Christopher Skinner

Trooper Christopher Skinner

May 29, 2014

CASTLE CREEK, NY – State Police report that a Florida man is charged with one count of murder in the 1st degree after striking a New York State Trooper along I-81 in Broome County. Troopers allege that Almond Upton, 60, Melrose, Florida is accused of intentionally struck Trooper Christopher G. Skinner along I-81 in Broome County.

According to State Police, just after 12pm on Thursday, Upton was driving on I-81 when he intentionally hit two cars driving north. One driver suffered minor injuries and was treated at Wilson Hospital. Troopers say that after traveling approximately one mile, just north of exit 6, Upton spotted Trooper Skinner conducting a traffic stop, and that Upton traveled from the passing to driving lane intentionally striking Trooper Skinner and sideswiped the car he stopped.

Trooper Skinner was killed instantly.
Officials say that Upton’s vehicle continued on a short distance before stopping and he ran into nearby woods.
He was taken into custody approximately an hour later.
Upton was sent to the Broome County Jail with no bail.
The investigation into the death of Trooper Skinner continues.