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Unarmed Man Killed by State Police

Unarmed Man Killed by State Police

A 911 call Sunday evening, around 5:38 p.m., brought authorities to rural eastern Rensselaer County for a domestic incident in the town of Berlin. Authorities were told Steven Bell, 38, left his home where the domestic incident occurred armed with a rifle after he had fired a round, according to the New York State Police.

About an hour later, Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Deputies and New York State Troopers found a car in a remote area of Berlin State Forest. Inside they said they found 7mm ammunition. Bell was found shortly after that using NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation’s night vision goggles. NYSP Capt. Scott Coburn says two troopers opened fire after Bell made threatening statements and raised his arms. While they found some ammunition in Bell's car, investigators are still searching for his gun.

“He disregarded commands to stop, he disregarded commands to show his hands, then he made threatening statements as he continued his approach and motioned as if he was bringing a weapon up,” Coburn said.

Bell was struck and fell and then given first aid by the officers on the scene, but died, authorities said. The investigation is continuing and an autopsy will be performed Monday afternoon.


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