GOSHEN — An Orange County grand jury has declined to indict a New York state trooper in the shooting death of a Greene County man, according to New York State Attorney General Letitia James.
Luke Patterson, 41, of Tannersville was shot by a state trooper on May 23, 2019, after he refused to comply with commands from police and attempted to get into a patrol car along Interstate-84 in the town of Montgomery, state police said.
Patterson was taken to Orange Regional Medical Center where he died, State Police Troop F Commander, Maj. Pierce Gallagher, said.
“After an exhaustive investigation, we concluded that there was sufficient evidence that a crime had been committed to warrant a presentation to a grand jury,” James said. “The grand jury, however, voted not to bring charges, and we respect the grand jury’s decision.
“Mr. Patterson’s death was a tragedy, and I extend my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones,” James said.
The state trooper involved has not been identified.
In a July 2015 executive order signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Office of the Attorney General is appointed as a special prosecutor in cases where an unarmed civilian dies during an encounter with police.