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Trooper shoots combative man

Shown is the hatchet used to attack a state trooper. (Photo courtesy of NYSP)

ARIETTA — While attempting to assist a person experiencing mental health issues, a state trooper was struck in the head with a hatchet, which led the trooper to discharge his pistol, which ultimately led to the death of the man, according to state police.

Trooper Ryan Mousaw was dispatched to the single-family residence of 55-year-old Daniel Condon on Tuesday evening on Old Piseco Road in the town of Arietta for a person who was experiencing mental health issues.

Upon arrival, Mousaw began interviewing Condon during which the trooper noticed he was exhibiting signs of instability. When attempting to transport him to the hospital for evaluation, Condon began to struggle with the trooper.

Mousaw attempted to deploy his taser to stop Condon, but was unsuccessful. According to the release, Condon struck Mousaw in the head with a hatchet, causing a laceration.

During a press conference at the Troop G headquarters, Major Robert Patnaude said Condon appeared to be wearing several layers of clothing preventing the taser from breaking through to his skin.

According to the release, Condon ignored verbal commands to drop the hatchet, which led Mousaw to discharge his division-issued pistol, striking Condon.

While injured himself, Mousaw immediately called for help and began life-saving measures on Condon.

Patnaude said with Arietta being a rural area in Hamilton County, it took 15 minutes for help to arrive. He said Mousaw administered first aid and attached an automatic electronic defibrillator, but was unable to resuscitate Condon.

Once assistance arrived on scene, Mousaw was transported to Nathan Littauer Hospital where he was treated for a head laceration and a sprained arm and right wrist.

“He needed several stitches in the head after the hatchet hitting him. He’s home right now. We don’t expect him back very soon, but he’s going to be OK,” Patnaude said.

Patnaude said the person who made the call of Condon displaying signs of instability had given Condon a ride earlier that day in which time they felt he displayed irrational behavior.

Patnaude said state police themselves have not dealt with Condon in the past, but Hamilton County had many dealings with him in the last year.

“Hopefully you go your whole career without pulling your gun and having to use it, but you never know when that’s going to happen, that’s why we train all the time with our weapons,” Patnaude said. “When someone is using a deadly weapon, I want our troopers to use their gun. That’s a way for them to protect themselves.”

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