The State Troopers PBA is thankful and relieved that Trooper Douglas T. Hoffman, who was shot in Tupper Lake early this morning while checking on a parked vehicle with his partner, did not sustain injuries that are life-threatening.
Hoffman, a nearly six-year veteran of the State Police, was shot in the leg by a suspect. Hoffman and his partner, Trooper Steven Euler, were able to return fire, wounding the suspect.
Today’s incident is a grim reminder of the dangers Troopers face every day, and of the difficult times the PBA family has endured in the past year-and-a-half.
“In the past 16 months, the public has seen how dangerous and unpredictable the job of a New York State Trooper is, and for that matter, the job of all law enforcement officers,” said PBA First Vice President Thomas Mungeer. “New York State Troopers serve proudly and bravely and put their lives on the line every day in the name of public safety. We are thankful that Trooper Hoffman is alive and is expected to recover fully.”
PBA President Daniel M. De Federicis, along with other members of the PBA Board of Directors, responded to the Tupper Lake area and visited Hoffman in the hospital. The PBA will continue to support Hoffman and his family during his recovery.