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State trooper conducting traffic stop killed by vehicle on I-81; suspect in custody

CHENANGO BRIDGE – A state trooper conducting a traffic stop on Interstate 81 was killed by a passing vehicle on Thursday.  Trooper Christopher Skinner was assigned to the Traffic Incident Management Unit (TIM Detail), Troop C, Delaware County.

Around 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, 2014, Trooper Skinner was outside his marked State Police car conducting a vehicle and traffic stop on I-81 north of exit 6, between Chenango Bridge and Castle Creek, Broome County, when he was struck by a passing vehicle. Trooper Skinner was killed instantly.

The driver continued on a short distance before stopping and running into nearby woods. The operator was taken into custody shortly after 1:00 p.m. following a search. 

Almond Upton, 60, Melrose, Florida was arraigned in Town of Chenango Court on one count of Murder 1st degree.  Police say he intentionally struck Trooper Skinner.  Upton is being held without bail.
 
Trooper Skinner was a 13 year veteran of the New York State Police. He worked in Troops C, E and G. He was assigned to the TIM detail in June 2008.

Trooper Skinner is from Binghamton, NY and is survived by his mother, Sharyn, brother, Shawn, fiancé, Surrena, and two children, 15-year-old Kyle and 12-year-old Erin. Trooper Skinner was 42 years old.

Funeral arrangements will follow.

State Police would like to thank the Broome County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Marshal Service, Castle Creek Fire Department, and other federal and local first responders for their assistance.