Updates from State Police on the fatal crash involving an Otsego County sheriff

New details in the fatal crash that sent a sheriff's deputy to the hospital following a police chase in Otsego County.

Posted: May 24, 2019 6:35 PM
Updated: May 24, 2019 7:19 PM

New details in the fatal crash that sent a sheriff's deputy to the hospital following a police chase in Otsego County.

New York State Police and the Otsego County Sheriffs Department held a joint press conference Friday. 

Captain Scott Heggelke with New York State bureau of criminal investigation says this all started because the suspect was stalking a former coworker.

"Otsego County received a call, it was a stalking, a woman was being stalked," Heggelke said. "This has been an ongoing course of action that's been taking place here for a little over a year. The victim actually pulled the into the Richfield Springs station, Mr. All actually side swiped her vehicle, got out struck the vehicle and was alleged that he pulled a knife on her."

Heggleke says after that encounter, All convinced the victim to go to a public area. They both went down to the village of Richfield Springs where state police then located them.

"They approached the car that Mr. All was in and went to speak with him, they spoke with him very, very briefly and then he took off, made a u-turn and speed east bound on route 20 towards Springfield," Heggelke said.

After All speed off, state police contacted the Otsego County Sheriffs Department to see if anyone was in the area. Deputy James Mateunas was sitting stationary westbound at the intersection of Route 20 and State Route 80.

"As the vehicle was traveling eastbound at the intersection, the vehicle struck Deputy Mateunas head on," Heggelke said. "The impact was so great it knocked the deputy's vehicle about 200 feet before it came to rest."

All was killed in the crash and he was not wearing a seat belt. Police say he died from multiple traumatic blunt force injuries.

State police are still trying to determine if this was an accident or not but Heggelke says it looks as if it was intentional.

"All the evidence indicates that it was intentional act where he struck the deputy head on, there's nothing to say that the car lost control and there was no evidence of braking before the collision took place."

Deputy Mateunas is still in the hospital in stable condition. Police say he is expected to be okay but he has a long road of recovery ahead of him. 

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