Attempted Murder Trial for Colesville Man Accused of Shooting Trooper
According to Broome County Court documents, the trial is scheduled to get underway August 2 for a Colesville man accused of shooting and wounding a New York State Trooper who had been responding to a suspicious person report in June of last year.
34-year-old Jason Johnson had been charged with two counts of felony Attempted Murder in the First Degree in the shooting of Trooper Becky Seager on West Windsor Road on the evening of June 9, 2021.
According to New York State Police accounts from the incident, authorities were called for a “check the welfare” request and a report of a suspicious person in the area of East Windsor Road and Thorn Hill Road at around 8:30 p.m. on June 9. As Troopers were on the scene, Trooper Seager was shot in the hip area while a second trooper sustained shrapnel injuries during the gunfire exchange with a suspect who opened fire in the encounter.
Investigators say Johnson fled the scene and became the center of a massive manhunt in northeastern Broome County that lasted around 21 hours.
Acting on one of many tips to the authorities, Troopers were able to get a New York State Police Aviation Unit into the air and, along with officers on the ground, were able to find Johnson along the banks of the Susquehanna River off Route 79 in Colesville at around 4:40 p.m. on June 10.
Johnson was taken into custody without further incident. He’s been held in the Broome County Jail without bail.
Trooper Seager was released from Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center days after the shooting but has been continuing in her recovery.
(Proceedings in the Johnson attempted murder trial were due to begin at 9 a.m.)
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