Abduction, standoff leaves 2 corrections officers dead, 1 injured in Utica

Abduction, standoff leaves 2 corrections officers dead, 1 injured in Utica

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UTICA — An abduction and subsequent standoff in central New York early Monday morning has left two people dead and one injured, police said.

Christopher J. Conkling, 38, entered a Utica residence and shot Andrew R. Pruitt, 33, in the head before abducting Heather J. Mock, police Chief Mark Williams said at a news conference. Mock's mother, who was also at the residence, called police.

Police said Conkling brought Mock, 35, to another location. Officers formed a perimeter and unsuccessfully tried to communicate with Conkling, Williams said. Officers entered the building and found Conkling and Mock dead.

Pruitt was hospitalized and is expected to survive, the Utica Observer-Dispatch reported.

Officials said Conkling, Mock and Pruitt all lived in Utica and worked for the Marcy Correctional Facility. Conkling had three handguns he had legally purchased through his employer.

Lt. Bryan Coromato said police were investigating whether Conkling and Monk were in a relationship.

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