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Trooper Andrew J. New York State Police, New York

Trooper

Andrew J. "AJ" Sperr

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 2848

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/1/2006

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Sentenced to life imprisonment

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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.

In response to the shooting of Trooper Sperr, the New York State Police transitioned to a larger caliber sidearm, the Glock 37 .45 GAP to ensure their Troopers were properly equipped to deal with the ever present dangers on patrol.

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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Andy,

WOW thinking of you today. It was cold as hell the day we met when you were just a young guy coming on. Car deer on Ridge Road and you calmed down that little girl that was driving. I knew then you would be great!

I was in Afghanistan when you were taking from us and never had that chance to say good bye as all the others did. How strange the world is as I am overseas being shot at and rocketed and mortared daily but I am still here to talk about it.

Just know I miss you brother and love you!

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January 14, 2015

 

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