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Trooper Gary E. Kubasiak | New York State Police, New York New York State Police, New York

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Gary E. Kubasiak

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch: Monday, August 30, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 2223

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .30-.30

Offender: Sentenced to 35 years to life

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Trooper Kubasiak was shot and killed by a mentally disturbed person who had barricaded himself in his home. Trooper Kubasiak, who knew the suspect personally, and his canine partner responded to the scene. While attempting to talk to the man in the kitchen the suspect suddenly fired at Trooper Kubasiak before he even had a chance to defend himself or order his dog to attack. The suspect was later arrested after being shot by other officers.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to 35 years to life. He will be eligible for parole in 2025.

Trooper Kubasiak had been with the agency for nine years. He was survived by his wife and two sons, who both became New York State troopers.

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Trooper Kubasiak - I was 9 years old when you died. I remember hearing the news on the radio the day after like it was yesterday. I remember you taking your vacation to drive the school bus of Cub Scouts to the Nike Base in Hamburg, NY for the day camp. I remember you bringing in Donovan in the basement of St. Joe's Church to do a presentation for the Scouts as well. I remember being in the crying room at your funeral in the same Church. I remember seeing more police officers at your funeral than I could possibly count. I remember the show of respect they all gave you. I remember wanting to be a good guy and do what is right, like you. I am very happy that your sons followed in your footsteps to become NYS Troopers too. I am more proud of the good men they became, like you. You are the reason that I am a police officer today and have been for over 20 years. You are also the reason why I work with emotional disturbed people. I don't want anyone else to suffer your fate. I think of you pretty regularly and pray for your soul often. Rest in peace my brother.

Lt. Rob Wilson
Rochester Police Department, formerly of the Gowanda Police Department
March 29, 2017

 

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