Chief Joseph Zikuski of the Johnson and Binghamton City New York Police Departments has reported that Officer David W. Smith, 43, of the Johnson City New York Police Department was shot and killed shortly after 7:00 am Monday morning.

Officer Smith had just started his shift and was dispatched at 7:03 a.m. to an unknown disturbance call at Southern Tier Imaging Medical Services.

The suspect, later identified as 43 year old James Clark, an MRI Technician at the Imaging Center exited the building and attacked Officer Smith.

Officer Smith was never was able to fully exit his patrol vehicle.  Clark was able to gain control of Smith’s service weapon during the struggle and discharged the weapons entire magazine.  Officer Smith was struck two times by the gunfire and died at the scene.  A backup officer whose name has not yet been released shot Clark immediately upon his arrival.

Clark was taken to UHS Wilson Medical Center a short distance away where he died during surgery three hours later.

Authorities have not yet released a motive for the shooting.  Some reports indicate that Clark got into a dispute with a fellow employee and reported that a bomb was in the  building.  When Clark left the building, the altercation with Officer Smith occurred.

Officer David Smith served the Johnson City Police Department for 18 1/2 years. He is survived by his young son and fiancé.

Officer David Smith – gone, but never will be forgotten.  EOW: MONDAY, March 31, 2014.

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