A police officer died hours after being shot in the head Friday during an exchange of gunfire that killed a man who fatally shot a woman near a train station, authorities said. Poughkeepsie Police Chief Ron Knapp released a statement saying the 44-year-old officer died at about 9:05 p.m.The name of the officer, an 18-year veteran, was withheld out of respect for the family and pending notification of his relatives.
The gunman shot a woman to death in a car hours earlier, then was himself fatally shot minutes later in the struggle with police, including an officer who had taken a 3-year-old from the man and handed the child to a bystander, police said.
Knapp said he believes the man and woman who were killed were husband and wife and weren’t from Poughkeepsie, a city of about 30,000 people about 70 miles south of Albany in New York’s Hudson Valley. Their names have not been released.
A second officer suffered minor injuries and a half dozen others were involved, Knapp said.