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No charges to be filed against trooper in fatal shooting

GOSHEN – The Orange County grand jury has voted not to file any criminal charged against a state trooper who shot and killed a man in the Town of Newburgh on the evening of October 4, 2012.

Trooper David Ruderfer, 31, an eight year veteran who was assigned to Troop F State Police in Highland, stopped a car driven by William Baynes, 51, of Newburgh, near the intersection of routes 300 and 32 in the Town of Newburgh. After the stop a struggle ensured during which Trooper Ruderfer fired one shot from his service weapon fatally wounding Baynes in the abdomen.

An autopsy revealed heroin and crack cocaine in Baynes’ esophagus, indicating he attempted to swallow the narcotics immediately before his death, District Attorney Frank Phillips said.