HAMILTON COUNTY -- A state trooper struck in the head by a man with a hatchet shot and killed the man Tuesday night in the Hamilton County town of Arietta, state police said.
State police identified the man killed as Arietta resident Daniel E. Condon, 55, and the injured trooper who fired as Trooper Ryan Mousaw.
The injured trooper was taken to Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville for treatment of a cut to his head and has since been released, state police said.
The incident began just before 9 p.m. Tuesday at the single-family residence on Old Piseco Road. Arietta is a town that stretches north of the Fulton County towns of Caroga and Stratford.
The initial call came in for a person experiencing mental health issues. Mousaw arrived and began interviewing Condon and Condon showed signs of instability, state police said.
Mousaw then tried to take Condon to the hospital for evaluation, but Condon began to struggle, state police said.
Mousaw attempted to use his Taser, but was unsuccessful and Condon struck Mousaw in the head with a hatchet, causing a cut, state police said.
Condon then ignored commands to drop the weapon and Mousaw fired his service pistol, striking Condon.
"Trooper Mousaw, while injured himself, immediately rendered first aid to Condon and attached an Automated Electronic Defibrillator, but was unable to resuscitate him," state police said in a release.
Mousaw was taken to the hospital for a head laceration and a sprained right arm and right wrist.