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Flags at half-staff in honor of fallen trooper

Albany, N.Y. -- State government buildings across New York will fly their flags at half-staff Tuesday to honor Trooper Christopher Skinner who was killed in the line of duty last week.

"As we mourn the tragic death of Trooper Skinner, we will fly flags on all state government buildings at half-staff this Tuesday to honor his memory and commitment to the people of New York," Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. "Trooper Skinner served his communities with the dedication and selflessness that embodies the New York State Police, and he will be greatly missed."

Trooper Skinner was hit by a car and instantly killed during a traffic stop on I-81 just north of Binghamton. The man who intentionally hit him, Almond Upton, is charged with first degree murder.

In addition to his 13 years of service with the state police, Trooper Skinner was a firefighter in Shortsville and Clifton Springs.

He leaves behind a fiancee and two children.

 
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