NEW LEBANON — Authorities have released the name of the woman who was shot by a state trooper Thursday morning in New Lebanon.

She was identified as Sarah Craddock, 40, said Aaron Hicks, public information officer for state police Troop K.

Craddock 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.

Troopers Erica Rodriguez and Nathaniel Chernewsky were the first to arrive on the scene.

A preliminary investigation revealed that during the troopers’ interaction with Craddock, she pointed a long gun at state troopers, according to a state police statement.

A description of the weapon aimed at the troopers was not immediately released.

Chernewsky then fired a round from a division-issued shotgun, hitting Craddock in the abdomen, according to state police.

Police rendered immediate medical attention and Craddock was taken to Albany Medical Center by Chatham Rescue Squad, according to state police.

Her condition was not immediately known.

No state troopers were injured, Hicks said.

Rodriguez has been with the state police for three years. Chernewsky has been with state police for more than a year. Both are assigned to Troop K, Hicks said.

Dozens of state troopers, including investigators from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, were at the scene most of the day 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 home where the incident took place is in a sparsely populated area of the town.

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 Nov. 9, 2020 in Gallatin. In that case, a Hudson woman is suspected of holding police at bay after she allegedly shot at them from a home on Doodletown Road.

Madison A. Kreutzer, 34, surrendered to police without incident after she barricaded herself in the home for several hours. The case has not been settled in court.

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