Southern Tier residents are reeling from the news that the man who shot and killed a state trooper early Monday morning was a central school principal.
Forty-three-year-old Steven Kiley had been the K through 12 principal at the Bradford Central School District since July 2016.
He had worked at the district since 2012.
Police say that Kiley shot and killed 29-year-old Trooper Nicholas Clark after Clark and other law enforcement officers responded to Kiley’s home in the Town of Erwin, south of Corning, at around 3:30 a.m.
State police say they were called to the home by Kiley’s estranged wife who said she thought he was suicidal and armed.
Police believe that after shooting Clark, Kiley turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.
Monday morning, Clark’s body was transferred to Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton for an autopsy.
Then, Monday evening, it was taken in a police procession back to Bath and then a funeral home in Canisteo in Steuben County.
Residents lined the streets to pay their respects to the fallen officer.