BROOME COUNTY – Service arrangements have been scheduled for the New York State Police trooper who was struck and killed while conducting a traffic stop Thursday.
Trooper Christopher Skinner was conducting a traffic stop on I-81 north of Binghamton Thursday when he was intentionally struck by 60-year-old Almond Upton. Skinner was killed instantly.
Calling hours will take place from 3-8 p.m. on Monday, June 2 at Community Baptist Church in Port Dickinson, N.Y.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 3 at First Baptist Church in Johnson City, N.Y.
Police said Upton admitted to spotting Skinner conducting a traffic stop, traveled from the passing to the driving lane and struck Skinner and sideswiped the car Skinner had stopped. The Melrose, Florida native was charged with one count of First Degree Murder and was arraigned in Town of Chenango Court. He was held in the Broome County jail without bail.
Trooper Skinner is from Binghamton, N.Y. and is survived by his mother, Sharyn, brother, Shawn, fiancé, Surrena, and two children, 15-year-old Kyle and 12-year-old Erin. He was 42 years old.