Trooper Andrew J. "AJ" Sperr

Trooper Andrew J. "AJ" Sperr

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, March 1, 2006

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Andrew J. "AJ" Sperr

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 at Lowe road. 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 the 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 26th, 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.

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.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 2848

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life imprisonment


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14 year anniversary death of NY State Trooper Andrew Sperr

Posted on Sunday, March 1st 2020

BIG FLATS, N.Y. (WENY) - Today marks 14 years since New York State Trooper Andrew Sperr was killed in the line of duty.

Trooper Sperr died on March 1st of 2006 after pulling over two men who robbed a nearby bank in the town of Big Flats. After exchanging gunfire with the suspects, Trooper Sperr was wounded and died at the scene. Sperr was only 33-years-old at the time of his death, and had been a New York State Trooper for 10 years. In memory of Trooper Sperrs death, his friends, family and co-workers, made the scene of the crime a park in his memory, known as "Sperr Memorial Park."

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March 2, 2020

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