NORTH HUDSON — An AuSable Forks man was killed by State Police Tuesday night after a pursuit that ended on Route 9 in North Hudson.
Richard J. Aubin, 28, was shot multiple times by State Trooper Leston W. Sheeley after Aubin grabbed Trooper Marcia L. Pooler’s holstered 45-caliber Glock G.A.P. during a struggle near Liberty Road.
Sheeley, a trooper for almost 10 years, is assigned to the Blue Ridge Interstate Highway Patrol substation in the High Peaks Rest Area of the Northway.
Pooler has been a trooper for six years, assigned to the Schroon Lake substation.
State Police Troop B Bureau of Criminal Investigation Capt. Robert LaFountain said Sheeley and Pooler remain on active duty but had regularly scheduled days off Wednesday.
“It seems to be a justified use of deadly force by one of our troopers,” he said at the press conference held Wednesday at the Essex County Public Safety Building in Lewis.
LaFountain said that, at just after 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sheeley was on patrol near the Pottersville exit of the Adirondack Northway and attempted to pull over Aubin’s black 2005 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck for speeding and reckless driving.
Aubin was driving about 95 mph in a 65-mph zone, LaFountain said; he left the Northway at the Pottersville exit, driving north on Route 9 at high speed with police in pursuit.
The chase continued through Schroon Lake, where Pooler joined the chase from the Schroon substation.
State Police set up spike strips across Route 9 near the intersection with Blue Ridge Road in North Hudson; Aubin drove over them, flattening the tires on his truck, LaFountain said.
After driving a short distance on the ruined tires and colliding with a troop car, Aubin abandoned the truck and fled into nearby woods west of the roadway at about 5:30 p.m., LaFountain said.