Trooper fatally shoots man who attacked him
ARIETTA — A state trooper’s mental health assist went badly in Hamilton County Tuesday night.
The man the trooper was dealing with resisted being taken to a hospital and attacked the officer with a hatchet, injuring him; in response, the trooper shot the man, who died of the gunshot wound.
According to a State Police news release, at approximately 8:48 p.m. Tuesday, troopers from the Mayfield barracks were dispatched to a single-family residence on Old Piseco Road on Piseco Lake for a person experiencing mental health issues.
Upon arrival, Trooper Ryan Mousaw began interviewing the resident, 55-year-old Daniel E. Condon, who State Police said was exhibiting signs of instability. When Mousaw tried to transport him to the hospital for evaluation, Condon began to struggle with the man.
Mousaw attempted deploy his division-issued Taser but was unsuccessful, the release stated. Condon subsequently struck Mousaw in the head with a hatchet, cutting him.
State Police said after Condon ignored verbal commands to drop the hatchet, Mousaw discharged his division-issued pistol, striking Condon.
Mousaw, while injured himself, immediately rendered first aid to Condon and attached an automatic electronic defibrillator, but was unable to resuscitate him, according to police.
When assistance arrived on scene, Mousaw was transported to Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville. He was treated for the cut on his head and a sprained right arm and right wrist. He has since been released.
State Police are set to hold a press conference about the incident at 1:30 p.m.