Five years pass since Officer Joseph Corr was killed in robber manhunt
NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - Sunday marks five years to the day that New Hartford Police Officer Joseph Corr was shot and killed in the line of duty as he chased after burglary suspects. Members of the community say they will never forget the night Corr was shot.
Around 8:00 p.m. Lennon's Jewlers was robbed which led to the chase the ensued up Route 5, ending at the Byrne Dairy in Kirkland where Corr was killed.
Four people were part of the group that committed the robbery at the Commercial Drive jewlery store. They fled the scene down Route 5, when they finally crashed into a gas pump at the Byrne Dairy store. The suspects then fled on foot through the woods behind the convience store.
One suspect was apprehended quickly. Corr went after another suspect, Walter Richardson, who shot and killed him. Richardson made his way to a Pennsylvania home. Authorities from around the region, including the United States Marshalls searched for the suspect until he was killed by police in a shoot-out.
In the years following the murder, many tributes took place to remember the legacy of Office Joseph Corr. State Route 840 was named the Officer Joseph D. Corr Memorial Highway.