FORT COVINGTON –– A state trooper fired his weapon in an attempt to disable a fleeing vehicle following a failed traffic stop on State Route 37 Sunday night.

No one was reported injured by the gunshot.

State police had originally issued a press release Monday describing the attempted stop, but the release contained no mention of a weapon being discharged. The gunshot was included in an updated release issued late Tuesday.

According to the two releases, a Malone-based trooper stopped a car for speeding on State Route 37 on Sunday at roughly 8 p.m. The driver fled onto Fry Road, pursued by the trooper.

The driver stopped on Fry Road and a male passenger ran from the vehicle, the most recent release said. The driver again fled and the trooper, who was not identified, fired his service weapon “into the left rear tire in an attempt disable the car,” the release said.

However, the driver continued to flee, resulting in a second pursuit that lasted approximately 4 miles, ending on Quain Road, the releases said. At that point, the driver was taken into custody, according to the second release.

The passenger who had fled on Fry Road was found after a search by state police, the NYSP canine unit and the U.S. Border Patrol, the release said.

When he was taken into custody, the passenger suffered minor injuries and a mild heart attack when running from the scene on Frye Road and was transported for medical treatment.

A trooper on scene also suffered minor injuries when taking the passenger into custody, the release said.

Neither the driver nor the passenger have been identified by troopers.

No charges had been filed as of Tuesday evening and the investigation is ongoing.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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