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Trooper Andrew J. New York State Police, New York


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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Been staring at a portrait of you in my office for the past few months. One of the Palmers painted it; and it's a very good likeness. I prefer it to your Recruit photo; although they both respond about as much as you did, while I laugh at my own jokes. I think we're going to ask Elmira College to hang it in their Criminal Justice Department.
I spoke with Lisa this week; she always makes me think of you. She seems like she's doing pretty well; and it's nice to know there's life after the job. We've also recently gotten some new recruits; the guys have been taking them to the park, and telling them about you. I think you'd really like them. There are a couple that really remind me of you; one in particular. He's a real good kid. The other kids are all growing up; going off to school, getting married. Please watch over all of these kids when you get the chance.
I don't know why; but I feel like picking scabs tonight. I still miss you terribly. We should be meeting up for lunch; or calling each other for help on a case. But, I'm sure you're working on bigger stuff now. I figure you gotta be on some kind of Saint Michael task force by now. I guess the point of this E-Mail is to let you know that, although I'm thankful that Lowe Road isn't the first thing I think of every morning, and the last I think of at night, I think of you several times throughout every day; and during every decision I make. You were the best of us brother; and be assured, that you are not forgotten.
Now enough sadness; go watch over the A-line, and I'll go clean off my snot and tears. Be good; and know that we all still love you very much.

August 4, 2014


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