Trooper Roy A. Donivan was shot and killed on the Saratoga-Albany Road on the evening of October 8, 1923.
Trooper Donivan had been assigned as a decoy to catch "highwaymen" responsible for numerous robberies on the rural road. Trooper Donivan was stopped by the suspects and shot when he and a fellow Trooper resisted the robbery. Trooper Donivan was able to return fire and struck one of the suspects. The three men were later captured in Loudonville when they attempted to run a roadblock. The bullet from Trooper Donivan's weapon was recovered from the body of the suspect and served as evidence to indict the three for homicide.
The Saratoga-Albany Road (present day Route 9), was a major avenue of commerce for bootleggers during the Prohibition era. Rival gangs often stole from and murdered one another along this highway.