The New York Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI) has opened an investigation into the death of Daniel K. McAlpin, who died on September 9, 2022, following an encounter with members of the New York State Police (NYSP) and the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO).
On September 9, members of NYSP and UCSO were dispatched to assist the Ulster County Mobile Mental Health crisis team at a residence located on Clark Road in Pine Bush.
When the officers arrived at the residence, McAlpin was wielding what appeared to be a large knife. When McAlpin did not respond to repeated requests to drop the weapon, a trooper tased him and a second trooper then discharged his service firearm.
McAlpin was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers recovered a machete and an airsoft rifle at the scene. Multiple responding officers were outfitted with body-worn cameras.
Pursuant to New York State Executive Law Section 70-b, OSI assesses every incident reported to it where a police officer or a peace officer, including a corrections officer, may have caused the death of a person, by an act or omission. The Troopers involved in the shooting incident have been identified as Trooper Elias E. Strickland and Trooper Jason T. Wurtz. Trooper Strickland deployed a taser during the incident and Trooper Wurtz fired his issued firearm. Both Troopers are assigned to Troop F.