RAY BROOK — State Police say the investigation into the shooting death of a man who allegedly grabbed a trooper’s gun in a struggle is still ongoing.
An autopsy showed Richard J. Aubin, 28, died of gunshot wounds in the March 5 incident in North Hudson.
Police said the AuSable Forks man was driving 95 mph on Interstate 87 and then led troopers on a car chase on Route 9 that took him through Schroon Lake and ended in North Hudson.
Spike strips placed on the road by police blew Aubin’s tires, but he continued driving the pickup until it collided with a troop car, police said.
Authorities said he fled into a wooded area near Liberty Road and was chased on foot by troopers Leston W. Sheeley and Marcia L. Pooler. Aubin put up violent resistance, police said, and the troopers were not able to subdue him with pepper spray.
Aubin grabbed Pooler’s pistol, police said, and Sheeley shot him multiple times.
Soon after the incident, State Police Troop B Bureau of Criminal Investigation Capt. Robert LaFountain said the action seemed “to be a justified use of deadly force by one of our troopers.”
Aubin was a convicted felon and served prison time for crimes including assault and driving while intoxicated.
He also had a history of resisting arrest, police said.
Family told the Press-Republican that Aubin, commonly known as Joey, had been clean and sober for about 13 months and underwent daily drug testing at work. He was a track maintenance worker at the Olympic bobsled run in Lake Placid.
Loved ones protested the use of deadly force, saying they felt a Taser or other, less-extreme device should have been used.
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