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Broome County: Trooper Cleared In Route 17 Shootout

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(PHOTO/NYSP–Trooper Conklin’s bullet-ridden windshield at the scene of the incident on State Route 17 on January 28.)

Twenty-eight-year State Police veteran Trooper Timothy Conklin will return to duty this week, after he was involved in a shootout with a suspect back on January 28.


That night, 30-year-old Nicholas Philhower took his mother’s car without permission and was spotted by Trooper Conklin on State Route 17 in the town of Kirkwood. Philhower fled from Trooper Conklin then came to a stop and began shooting at him using a military style semi-automatic rifle.

Trooper Conklin returned fire through the windshield of his patrol vehicle and eventually shot and killed Philhower at the scene.

Conklin was later treated at a nearby hospital for shrapnel injuries to his shoulder.

An investigation was then conducted by State Police and the Broome County District Attorney and found that Trooper Conklin justifiably used deadly force to defend his life and the life of others.

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