BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office says a man from Edinburg is dead after attempting to shoot authorities.
Officials say on Monday June 29 at approximately 10:00 p.m. the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office received a call from 51-year-old Richard Laport of 96 Foxhill Rd. in the Town of Edinburg. He told officials he wanted to harm himself.
Members of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police responded and upon their arrival were met with gunfire from within the residence.
Responding members took cover and secured a perimeter around Laport’s home and attempted to talk to him. Authorities say Laport could be seen inside of the home with a long gun as they tried to negotiate with him for 40 minutes. Laport continued to come in and out of the home carrying the long gun and they say he fired it several different times.
Finally at approximately 11:41 p.m., Laport walked onto the front porch and leveled the gun at members of the Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police who were positioned in front of the residence.
Two members of the Sheriff’s Office and one State Trooper fired upon Laport, hitting him at least once in the torso. Members immediately moved in and secured Laport and cleared the area. No one else was located inside.
EMS crews from Edinburg and Community Ambulances had been staged in the area during the incident and immediately provided emergency treatment to Laport. He was declared deceased on the scene by members of EMS.
The Saratoga County Coroner responded to the scene as well and ordered the body removed to the Albany Medical Center Morgue for autopsy.
The incident is being investigated jointly by the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police. The preliminary investigation indicates that the members on the scene made every attempt to negotiate a peaceful resolution with Laport and only reacted with deadly force when Laport made an offensive move with his weapon, placing the members in imminent fear for their personal safety and the safety of their fellow officers.
The investigation is still ongoing at this time.