A New York State Trooper is lucky to be alive after being shot at multiple times during a traffic stop yesterday evening in Kirkwood.
State Police say Trooper Timothy Conklin pulled over a Nissan Murano on Route 17 shortly after 6 P-M following a report that the vehicle had been taken without authorization.
Police say that as soon as the vehicles stopped, the driver of the Murano, 30 year-old Nicholas Philhower of Windsor, opened fire on Conklin through the back window of his car.
Conklin returned fire through his windshield and eventually struck and killed Philhower after he had gotten out of the car.
Given the unexpected nature of the attack and their close proximity, Major William McEvoy says Conklin could easily have been killed if not for a number of factors. “Through several things I believe. His 28 years as a veteran of the New York State Police, his training, and a little bit of God’s luck.”
Conklin suffered a minor shrapnel wound to his upper right arm.
He was treated at Wilson Hospital and released.
McEvoy says Philhower used a military-style semi-automatic rifle that was illegal because of modifications and lack of registration.
McEvoy wouldn’t speculate on a motive.
An autopsy was being conducted today and the investigation is ongoing.