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Ti man charged with shooting trooper

TICONDEROGA A Ticonderoga man has been charged with shooting a state trooper. Trooper George M. Stannard was shot while negotiating with Donald McCray of Ticonderoga Thursday, who had threatened to kill himself. Stannard was part of a group who found McCray in a lean-to near the Raquette River in Harrietstown and then pursued him by boat when McCray fled in a canoe. Stannard was listed in good condition Friday at Albany Medical Center. State police said the wound was serious but not life-threatening and affected the right hand between the thumb and index finger. Stannard was shot as he tried to disarm McCray in a boat-to-boat struggle, state police said. McCray was arraigned on a charge of second-degree assault and held without bail. State police said Stannard was part of a contingent of police who had been looking for McCray since Wednesday, when he called 911 in Essex County to report he was going to kill himself. Troopers and forest rangers began a search that was called off late Wednesday. On Thursday afternoon, police located McCrays car on a trail in Harrietstown, and he was found in a lean-to at about 7:20 p.m., according to state police. McCray tried to flee on the river in a canoe, with police in pursuit. They followed in a boat and caught up to him, prompting a standoff in which McCray threatened to take his own life. Stannard was talking with him and grabbed the gun when McCray briefly lowered it, but the gun went off. Stannard was taken to Albany Medical Center via helicopter after he was initially treated at Adirondack Medical Center.

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