Fugitive suspect cop-killer arrested

Sept. 8, 2006 at 9:38 PM
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CARROLL, N.Y., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- An escaped prisoner charged with shooting three New York state troopers, inflicting a mortal wound on one, was captured Friday after a two-state chase.

Police in Pennsylvania picked up Ralph "Bucky" Phillips' trail at 2 a.m. when officers spotted a stolen car, the Albany Times-Union reported. The driver abandoned the car and escaped but is believed to have stolen another car half an hour later.

New York state troopers in southern Chautauqua County pursued that car until the driver got out while it was moving and escaped into the woods. Police in Carroll, N.Y., and two neighboring communities in Pennsylvania launched a manhunt that combined air searches with officers on the ground.

Phillips, who has a long history of burglary and car theft, was serving a short sentence for a parole violation when he escaped from the Erie County Jail by using a can opener to get through a kitchen ceiling.

Two New York state troopers -- Joseph Longobardo and Donald H. Baker Jr. -- were shot Aug. 31 during a stakeout at a house occupied by a former girlfriend of Phillips. Longobardo died last Sunday, while Baker remains in a coma at a Pennsylvania hospital.

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