Local service to be held for slain trooper

"She is strong, she has wonderful family and is doing as well as can be expected."

Police eventually cornered Trim who they believe was burned inside the Margaretville residence that went up in flames. Trim was driving a stolen Dodge minivan on Tuesday, April 24, when he pulled out a handgun and shot Gombosi after the officer pulled Trim's vehicle over for a routine traffic violation in Margaretville. Gombosi was not injured from the bullet because he was wearing a chest protector.

An intense manhunt ensued with troopers Brinkerhoff, an eight-and-a-half-year veteran of the state police, and Richard Mattson searching for the suspect. Both were part of the unit's elite Mobile Response Team.

As Brinkerhoff approached the farmhouse, Trim, who was hiding inside, shot him in the chest. It is believed that the head wound that caused Brinkerhoff's death came from friendly fire.

Trim shot Mattson in the arm moments later. Mattson is recovering from his injuries at Albany Medical Center.

Police SWAT teams then surrounded the farmhouse and fired tear gas inside the building.

A short time later, the building caught fire, and by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, the farmhouse, owned by Rommel Aujero, was fully engulfed in flames.

SWAT teams were unable to enter the house but were still able to check each room with mobile cameras.

State police issued a press release a short time later stating the charred body inside the Margaretville farmhouse was Trim's. They found his body in a second floor doorway, holding a rifle. An autopsy confirming his identity will not be complete for several days. It is also unclear how the farmhouse caught on fire since tear gas is not incendiary. Firefighters knocked down the fire so investigators could search the house.

"Today the New York State Police and the state of New York suffered a tremendous loss," said Spitzer on the day Brinkerhoff was killed.


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