State Trooper Shot & Killed During Ro...

State Trooper Shot & Killed During Robbery

There are 15 comments on the WINS-AM New York story from Mar 1, 2006, titled State Trooper Shot & Killed During Robbery. In it, WINS-AM New York reports that:

BIG FLATS, N.Y. -- New York state police say a trooper was shot and killed this afternoon near Elmira.

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Jim Taylor

Morrisville, NY

#1 Mar 1, 2006
What is the world coming to, over the hill in New Hartford a 30 year old police officer was gunned down Monday nightin the line of duty and now a Trooper from your area today.
I have taught here at the college in Morrisville over 20 years and at the Morrisville State Troopers sub station I have 2 past students now as State Tropers working there.
I am a Viet Nam era Vet and it is certainly getting out of hand with respect.
Respectfully Jim Taylor
Dan Spencer

Canandaigua, NY

#2 Mar 1, 2006
Jim Taylor wrote:
What is the world coming to, over the hill in New Hartford a 30 year old police officer was gunned down Monday nightin the line of duty and now a Trooper from your area today.
I have taught here at the college in Morrisville over 20 years and at the Morrisville State Troopers sub station I have 2 past students now as State Tropers working there.
I am a Viet Nam era Vet and it is certainly getting out of hand with respect.
Respectfully Jim Taylor
I don't know Jim. I sit here looking for answers. Trooper AJ Sperr has been a friend since he was in diapers. His brother Dan and I went to school together, started my passion for hunting, and has been a true friend. I have spent a good deal of time with AJ, visiting him in the Corning area when I worked around his home. We shared duck blinds together, and spent time in the woods chasing deer. I was one of AJ's character references when he became a trooper. And now this. My heart is crushed, my spirit broken, and anger wells deep inside. AJ has a mom and dad, and 10 brothers and sisters who tonight are just devastated. Sure, we know it could happen, but its never anyone you know. And tonight I find that the others that died had friends and family that loved them too. Its only by the love of God that I feel there is something left. Even though most of you never knew AJ, believe me when I tell you that the world is not a better place tonight. We have lost a truly great man. I pray for the world our children are growing up in. Give all your loved ones some extra lovin now and everyday.
todd derk

Lockport, NY

#3 Mar 2, 2006
i am a truck driver in the buffalo area, and i saw yesterday while i was coming through that way all that was going on...how do these things happen? more importantly, why do they happen here?. I think that there are far too many problems with the way our law enforcement officers have to work...in los angeles california, they put two people in a car, and three cars in a 5 block square radius. on the highway surrounding the area, there are at least 5 cars within a 10 mile area or stretch of highway. i wish aj's family all the best in this dark time of mourning, and only hope that new york state reforms their protocol rules when it comes to trooper safety
John

Hillsborough, NJ

#4 Mar 2, 2006
I knew AJ when he lived down in Orange County, NY. Did some water skiing with him during those days. What a freakin' shame.
concerned trooper

United States

#6 Mar 2, 2006
I don't know AJ however I am a concerned trooper that wants his family to know that the people of the state of New York will support them and help them through this difficult time.
Wife of a Trooper

Boonville, NY

#7 Mar 2, 2006
I am disgusted to think a Trooper's life was taken for nineteen hundred dollars. I worry everyday when my husband leaves for work but this gives me new perspective and appreciation. Living central to both shootings is frightening. My husband was called to New Hartford on Monday and then found out yeaterday that a guy out of his own class is killed in Big Flats. I hope the public will continue to appreciate the Troopers and Police Officers risking their lives well after the publicity of these deaths fades.
Chautauqua Lover

Endicott, NY

#8 Jul 6, 2006
Got you again wife of a trooper!!lmao
WIFE OF A TROOPER

Buffalo, NY

#9 Jul 7, 2006
Sorry! I don't live in Verona NY. You don't have anything but a wide imagination!
Lisa

Rochester, NY

#10 Jul 21, 2006
Chautauqua Lover wrote:
Got you again wife of a trooper!!lmao
I dunno....the one you responded to doesn't seem shrill or condescending.
Concerned Citizen

AOL

#11 Jul 22, 2006
Jim Taylor wrote:
What is the world coming to, over the hill in New Hartford a 30 year old police officer was gunned down Monday nightin the line of duty and now a Trooper from your area today.
I have taught here at the college in Morrisville over 20 years and at the Morrisville State Troopers sub station I have 2 past students now as State Tropers working there.
I am a Viet Nam era Vet and it is certainly getting out of hand with respect.
Respectfully Jim Taylor
Well I live in Big Flats, I have questions and scared that my sons fish at that pond where Trooper Spear died. Why did he not know of the bank robbery, why was he not informed? I also knew Trooper Spear and had work related dealings with him, he was a very nice person and conducted himself with professionalism. I'm sadden that he is no long in our area serving us and consider this a horrible waste of life and when it could have been a non-issue if only he was informed of the bank robbery.
Chemung Resident

Lakewood, NY

#12 Aug 13, 2006
Concerned Citizen wrote:
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Well I live in Big Flats, I have questions and scared that my sons fish at that pond where Trooper Spear died. Why did he not know of the bank robbery, why was he not informed? I also knew Trooper Spear and had work related dealings with him, he was a very nice person and conducted himself with professionalism. I'm sadden that he is no long in our area serving us and consider this a horrible waste of life and when it could have been a non-issue if only he was informed of the bank robbery.
My opinion

As more and more natives of our area leave NY for jobs down south, more and more folks from NYC and Conn buy homes here. The communities are changing.

Also, we have more and more downstate families and friends of prisoners move here to be closer to their family members. They move here, alleviate the downstate Social Services programs, and add to ours.

Then we have those that are in programs at the Bath VA, some have family members that move up here and do the same as the families of prisoners.

Our Social Service's is much easier to deal with than downstate. The case load was smaller, the wait was less, etc.

Then you add in the illegal workers that are coming into the area. A recent round up of 20 plus illegals included 2 serious criminals.

That is why your communities are changing and not for the better in my opinion.

Your local & state governments need to get back to the business of the people by the people and for the people.

NYC is as glad to see people go, as are the foreign governments that empty their prisons, jails and poor citizens leave for the US.

From what I've seen with the recent lack of NY State Police in our area (100's afield in the fugitive fiasco) most of their efforts seem to be oriented towards sitting at contstruction sites and median's with radar guns to ticket speeders and make traffic stops. I've only seen 1 NYSP cruiser in several days. We've had robbery in area banks, fire arms, etc and our area is wide open for more.

Andrew Sperr was a victim of murderous bankrobbers and not informed of the bank robbery as I understand. This was a terrible tragedy.

The focus of the NYS Police needs to change and the "routines" need to include the big picture.

NY law enforcement will be safer, the communities will be safer and those that live & visit our area will be safer.
James Ellis

Jamestown, NY

#13 Sep 9, 2006
I live less then a mile away from where tropper sperr was shot. the reference to the bath VA bothers me these are veterens that fought for this country, thee same as Sperr did for NY. I think you owe an apoligy to all veterens.
Chuck Smith

Dunbar, WV

#14 Dec 7, 2006
tell me a little about his career
In rememberance

Colorado Springs, CO

#15 Aug 29, 2007
I grew up on the same street as the Sperr family and knew Dan and John. If there was ever a model family, the Sperr's certainly were. The children were raised by a good man and a good wife. The words 'integrity', character, and benevolent always come to mind when I think of this family. I remember one summer evening watching AJ's father holding him on his lap one night in their back yard after AJ had a bath (he was perhaps 1 - yrs old)and his father was gently combing his father and all the while softly speaking to Aj as he combed his hair. He was speaking simple words like,'you're such a good boy" My aren't you behaving like a good boy'. If more boys had a father like Mr Sperr the world would be a better place. As for his mother. She always had a pleasant smile and kind words. You knew she was sincere. It wasn't something she had to work up, but something that came from deep within her. AJ will be missed. God Bless the Sperr family and may His presence always be known by each family member.
Jessica Tolbert

Utica, NY

#16 Feb 25, 2008
Hey I was just wondering if you were by any chance my brother Todd I have been trying to find him for about five years. If you are please leave me a reply at pebbles2000j @yahoo.com
todd derk wrote:
i am a truck driver in the buffalo area, and i saw yesterday while i was coming through that way all that was going on...how do these things happen? more importantly, why do they happen here?. I think that there are far too many problems with the way our law enforcement officers have to work...in los angeles california, they put two people in a car, and three cars in a 5 block square radius. on the highway surrounding the area, there are at least 5 cars within a 10 mile area or stretch of highway. i wish aj's family all the best in this dark time of mourning, and only hope that new york state reforms their protocol rules when it comes to trooper safety

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