Johnson Trooper shooter trial begins

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According to Broome County court documents, the trial is set to begin Aug. 2 for a Colesville man accused of shooting and injuring a New York State Trooper who responded to a suspicious person report in June of Last year.

Jason Johnson, 34, had been charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder in the shooting of Private Becky Seager on West Windsor Road on the evening of June 9, 2021.

New York State Police Photo Jason Johnson

New York State Police Photo Jason Johnson

According to New York State Police accounts of the incident, authorities were called to a request for a “welfare check” and a report of a suspicious person in the East area. Windsor Road and Thorn Hill Road around 8:30 p.m. on June 9. While the soldiers were at the scene, Private Seager was shot in the hip area while a second soldier was injured by shrapnel during the exchange of gunfire with a suspect who opened fire during the encounter.

Investigators say Johnson fled the scene and became the center of a massive manhunt in northeast Broome County that lasted around 9 p.m.

Acting on one of many tips to authorities, the soldiers were able to get a New York State Police aviation unit airborne and, with officers on the ground, were able to find Johnson along the shores of the Susquehanna River off Highway 79 in Colesville around 4:40 p.m. June 10.

Johnson was taken into custody without further incident. He was held in Broome County Jail without bail.

New York State Police Photo

New York State Police Photo

Private Seager was released from Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center days after the shooting, but is continuing to recover.

(Proceedings in Johnson’s attempted murder trial were due to start at 9 a.m.)

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