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DEP employee shot dead by coworker

KINGSTON – Authorities have identified the victim of a fatal shooting at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection offices in Kingston Monday morning as an Olivebridge man.

Aron Thomas, 33, died of a gunshot wound.

The alleged shooter is in custody.  David Reese, 53, of Gilboa, was charged with second-degree murder.  A recovered handgun is believed to be the murder weapon.

Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright said the two men worked in the same area of the DEP building at 71 Smith Avenue in Kingston when the shooting occurred at around 6:45 a.m.

The Kingston Police Department is being assisted by the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office, State Police and New York City DEP Police.

DEP Commissioner Carter Strickland issued a statement about the shooting: “We are shocked and saddened by the senseless act of violence that occurred early this morning at DEP’s offices in Kingston, N.Y. The thoughts and prayers of all DEP employees are with the victim’s family and loved ones. We will do all we can to support them in the days and months ahead. DEP is fully cooperating with local authorities in their ongoing investigation. Grief counselors will be made available to help DEP employees who have been affected by this tragedy.”