No Charges to Be Brought Against Trooper in Newburgh ShootingJan 28th, 2013 | By HV Insider | Category: Lead Article
The Orange County Grand Jury has concluded its investigation into a police-involved fatal shooting which occurred on October 4th, 2012, in the Town of Newburgh. No criminal charges will be filed against New York State Trooper David Ruderfer.
Rudefer, an eight year veteran assigned to Troop F, Highland barracks, stopped a car driven by 51 year old William Baynes just after 7:30 PM near the intersection of Rt. 300 and Rt. 32 in the Town of Newburgh. After the stop a struggle ensued during which Trooper Ruderfer fired one shot from his service weapon fatally wounding Baynes.
According to Orange County District Attorney Frank Phillips, an autopsy revealed a quantity of heroin and crack cocaine in the esophagus of the deceased, indicative of Baynes having attempted to swallow the narcotics immediately prior to his death.