Trooper Andrew J. (AJ) Sperr
New York State Police
End of Watch: Wednesday, March 1, 2006
Tour of Duty: 10 years
Shield Number: 2848
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Wednesday, March 1, 2006
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Sentenced to life imprisonment
Trooper Andrew Sperr was shot and killed in the town of Big Flats when he stopped a vehicle containing suspects who had just robbed a bank.
Trooper Sperr had stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation. As he approached the vehicle two suspects inside opened fire, striking him several times. Despite being mortally wounded, Trooper Sperr was able to return fire, striking both suspects.
Both suspects fled the location. One was apprehended at a local hospital when he entered to receive medical aid for his gunshot wounds. The second suspect was apprehended after fleeing to a local motel and then calling police for medical aid. Both suspects were charged with aggravated murder and first degree murder. The suspect who shot Trooper Sperr was convicted of all charges on September 26, 2006. On October 17th, 2006, he was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole on charges of aggravated murder and first-degree murder.
Trooper Sperr had served with the New York State Police for 10 years and was assigned to Troop E. He is survived by his parents, four brothers, and six sisters.
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