Trooper Joseph A. Longobardo, 32, died on September 3, 2006, as a result of a gunshot wound.
On August 31, 2006, in their capacities as members of the Mobile Response Team, Troopers Joseph A. Longobardo and Donald H. Baker Jr. were conducting surveillance in the town of Pomfret, Chautauqua County, in connection with an escaped convict. The suspect was also wanted for the attempted murder of Trooper Sean Brown in June 2006. Both Longobardo and Baker were shot from behind with a high powered rifle. Baker sustained a shot through his lower back and Longobardo through his left thigh, causing severe bleeding . Trooper Longobardo died three days later.
Trooper Longobardo was an eight-year veteran of the State Police and had served in Troops F and G, last assigned to SP Wilton.