CORNING, N.Y. – A suicidal school principal has been identified as the killer of a New York State trooper. The tragic incident that ended in the death of two men occurred in the small town of Corning, N.Y.

Trooper Nicholas Clark, 29, of the New York State Police, was shot and killed while he and other officers were dealing with a suicidal subject in the midst of a domestic dispute. During the domestic altercation, the suspect had barricaded himself inside his residence.

Clark responded to the residence with members of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department and the Corning Police Department following the 911 call for assistance by the suspect’s wife.

Crisis negotiators were attempting to make contact with the suspect when he opened fire on officers. As a result, Clark was shot and critically injured.

A deputy sheriff ran to Clark’s aid, putting his own life in danger. Consequently, the deputy pulled Clark to a position of safety so additional emergency first aid could be provided.

As a result of the circumstances, the SWAT team was called to the scene.

However, after a period of time, the suspect was located deceased. Authorities said he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The deceased suspect was identified as Steven Kiley, 43, reported star gazette.

Kiley had been listed as principal of Bradford Central School District, but his name and photo were removed from the school’s website by Monday afternoon.

Kiley is listed as having been employed by the Bradford Central School District since January 2006, according to public records available at

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The man responsible for the death of Trooper Nicholas Clark has been identified as Steven Kiley, 43, who worked as a school principal. (Bradford Central School District)

The school district posted the following press release earlier today:

Good morning. My name is John Marshall and I am the superintendent of the Bradford Central School District. We come together this morning under tragic circumstances. I will be giving you a brief statement today on behalf of the District.

Before going any further, I would like to offer our most sincere condolences to the family of Trooper Nicholas Clark. Trooper Clark was a hero, as are all men and women who serve in law enforcement.

As you are aware, there was a tragic incident yesterday involving Principal Steven Kiley and Trooper Clark. Mr. Kiley was employed by the District as the K-12 principal since July 2016. Prior to this, he served as the Director of Pupil Services in the District beginning in 2012.

As this is an ongoing police investigation, the District is not at liberty to release any more information.  Please know we are cooperating fully with the New York State Police.

To our students, staff, community and all parties impacted by this tragedy, please know we are here to support you throughout this process. Again, our thoughts are with all families impacted by yesterday’s events.

In closing, I would like to thank all of you for attending this press conference. I ask that you please respect the privacy of our District’s families at this time.

Thank you.

According to, Kiley’s estranged wife told police “that he had stated he was thinking about suicide and might be armed,” said First Deputy Superintendent of New York State Police Chris Fiore at Monday’s press conference. Authorities tried to establish negotiations with Kiley but couldn’t reach him.

Kiley appears to have had a Facebook page, but it’s been deleted. Online records indicate that his wife also works in education. Her page, too, has been deleted.

A cache of the district’s website still shows part of Kiley’s biography, although it’s been deleted from the website. “Steve Kiley. Pre-K – 12 Principal. Bachelor of Science in Psychology Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Master of Science in Education/School Administration,” it reads.

Zoominfo captured some of the information from the deleted website. “Mr. Steve Kiley has been appointed as the Director of Pupil Services. Mr. Kiley earned his B.S. in Psychology at the Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and his Masters Degree in Education at the Edinboro University. He has over thirteen years of administrative experience in the general and special education areas,” it reads.

“This is a terrible loss for the New York State Police,” Fiore said.

Clark, of Troupsburg, was “an outstanding athlete in high school and college,” Fiore said.

He attended Canisteo-Greenwood High School, where he was a two-time state wrestling champion and standout football player.

He spent one year at University of North Carolina at Greensboro on a wrestling scholarship before transferring to Alfred University, where he was an All-American linebacker and, according to a 2012 report posted on the school’s Facebook page, he was invited as a free agent to Buffalo Bills mini-camp that spring.

Clark’s mother, Theresa Gunn, is an accounting professor at Alfred Univeristy’s College of Business. Alfred University officials posted a statement Monday expressing their condolences.

“Nick is one of the all-time greats that has ever worn the Purple & Gold and did so in a way that left a legacy that will never be forgotten,” Alfred University Director of Athletics Paul Vecchio said in a statement.

“Nick’s passion was to serve others, and this led him to his position as an NYS Trooper. His passing underscores the incredible sacrifices and risks that these brave men and women make every day to keep our communities safe.”

At the time, Clark’s bio on the Twitter account attributed to him listed one goal: “Playing in the NFL.” In the years to follow, Clark’s goal would change.

He graduated from the New York State Police Academy in 2015, and in August 2017, he transferred to the Bath barracks, New York State Police Troop E Commander Major Richard Allen said Monday.

As a lifelong Steuben County resident, this move brought with it a new goal, to give back to the community where he grew up.

“He was very proud to serve the citizens that he called friends and neighbors,” Allen said.

Clark was assigned to Troop C in Ithaca and Troop E in Auburn before he was transferred to the Bath barracks, state police said.


Nicholas Clark served the New York State Police for just less than three years.

His parents and brother survive him.

Trooper Nicholas Clark is gone, but will never be forgotten.

EOW: Monday July 2, 2018.

Nicholas Clark

(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)