A Florida man is charged with murder after intentionally striking a New York State Trooper along I-81 in Broome County, according to the New York State Police.
Almond Upton, 60, of Melrose, FL was arraigned in Town of Chenango Court on one count of Murder (1st Degree) after he intentionally struck Trooper Christopher G. Skinner just after noon Thursday, May 29, police said. Trooper Skinner was killed instantly.
Upton was traveling on I-81 when he crossed two lanes in his white pickup truck and intentionally hit two cars driving north, according to investigators. One driver suffered minor injuries and was treated at Wilson Hospital. It was just north of Exit 6, between Chenango Bridge and Castle Creek, when Upton spotted Trooper Skinner conducting a traffic stop when he hit Skinner and sideswiped the car he stopped, investigators said in a statement.
Upton's white pickup continued for a short distance before stopping and he ran into the woods, found about an hour later, booked and sent to the Broome County Jail without bail. Upton gave a statement after his arrest, saying he was near the Connecticut border and the next thing he knew he was in Binghamton and it must have been “a time warp.”
Skinner, who spent some time at Troop G in Loudonville earlier in his career, had a fiance and two kids, ages 15 and 12. He was a 13-year veteran of the State Police.
State Police are working with the Broome County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Marshal Service, Castle Creek Fire Department, and other federal and local first responders.