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March 7, 2013

Man killed by trooper was convicted felon


Sheeley and Pooler followed him into the wooded area, which is on private property.

“The two troopers encountered the suspect, who resisted violently,” LaFountain said.

“They used pepper spray, to no effect. He (Aubin) grabbed one of the trooper’s firearms. The second trooper discharged several rounds into the suspect.”


Following the shooting, Essex County Coroner Walter “Smitty” Marvin III was called to the site and pronounced Aubin dead. The body was removed to Albany Medical Center, where an autopsy by Dr. Michael Sikirica was scheduled to be performed later today.

Both troopers were taken to Glens Falls Hospital, treated for minor injuries then released.

The pursuit took about 25 minutes from start to finish, LaFountain said.

He said the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, Moriah Town Police and State Department of Environmental Conservation Police joined the chase to assist State Police. North Hudson Fire Police closed off the area to traffic.

The Troop B Violent Crimes Investigation Team, Forensic Investigation Team and Collision Reconstruction Team all went to the site of the shooting to help.


Aubin is a convicted violent felon, LaFountain said, and had a history of resisting arrest. He was last arrested in 2012 and had convictions for assault, driving while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license.

The assault happened in November 2005, when Aubin, then 21, attacked David Gardner of Lyon Mountain on Margaret Street in Plattsburgh. He was also charged with robbery, for taking money from Gardner, but on Wednesday, LaFountain didn’t know whether Aubin was convicted for that.

In April 2011, he was charged with felony DWI and misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident after he crashed his car on Route 9N in Jay. He was hospitalized for several days at CVPH Medical Center for injuries he received in the wreck.


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