NEW LEBANON — State police are investigating a shooting that involved a state trooper in New Lebanon on Thursday morning, said Aaron Hicks, public information officer for state police Troop K.
The unidentified person was shot by police at a home on Route 22 in the town, Hicks said.
At about 10:30 a.m., state police were called to a home on Route 22 in New Lebanon after receiving a report of a suicidal person at that address.
A preliminary investigation revealed that during the troopers’ interaction with the person, the person pointed a long gun at state troopers, according to a state police statement.
The type of weapon state police said was aimed at troopers was not immediately identified.
One of the troopers then fired a round from a division-issued shotgun and the person was shot in the abdomen, according to state police.
Police rendered immediate medical attention and the victim was taken to Albany Medical Center by Chatham Rescue Squad, according to state police.
The condition of the person condition was not immediately known.
No state troopers were injured, Hicks said.
Dozens of state troopers, including members of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, were at the scene most of the day on Thursday.
A five-mile stretch of Route 22, between Main Street and the Rensselaer County line was closed for several hours during the incident and the subsequent investigation.
The area where the incident took place is in a sparsely populated area.
Lebanon Valley Fire Company and Stephentown Fire Company assisted with traffic control.
This was the first incident in 2021 involving a citizen with a gun, and an encounter with police, in Columbia County. The last incident was on November 9 of 2020 in Gallatin. In that case, a Hudson woman allegedly held police at bay, after she allegedly shot at them from a home on Doodletown Road. Madison A. Kreutzer, 34, surrendered to police peacefully, after she barricaded herself in the house for several hours. That cast has not been settled in the courts.