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Suspect found after NYS trooper was shot near Binghamton

State Police say that 34-year-old Jason D. Johnson was taken into custody shortly after 4:30 p.m. Thursday. He was found near a riverbank in Colesville.
Credit: NYSP

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — New York State Police say a man who they say shot a state trooper during a welfare check in the Binghamton area has been arrested.

State Police say that 34-year-old Jason D. Johnson was taken into custody shortly after 4:30 p.m. Thursday. He was found near a riverbank off State Route 79 in Colesville.

State police say Trooper Becky Seager was shot in her hip area Wednesday night while working with Broome County sheriff’s deputies checking on the welfare of a person in Colesville, about a dozen miles east of Binghamton.

Officials say officers exchanged gunfire with Johnson before he fled the area.

Police said Trooper Seager's injuries were not life-threatening and that she was at a local hospital Thursday morning. Local schools switched to remote learning as police from multiple agencies searched the area for Johnson.

Credit: NYSP
Credit: NYSP Police

Police had been searching the area in Colesville for Johnson. They say Johnson might have been operating a 1996 Ford F-250 pick-up truck, blue in color with the NY license plate HZV7759.

Police had considered Johnson should be considered armed and dangerous.