- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) - The former New York State Police superintendent who was in charge of the agency during the massive search for an escaped inmate who killed a trooper and wounded two others has died. Wayne Bennett was 71.

City officials in Schenectady, where Bennett was public safety commissioner, say he died Tuesday. Local media report he had been undergoing cancer treatments.

Bennett led the state police when career criminal Ralph “Bucky” Phillips escaped from a county jail outside Buffalo in 2006. While on the loose Phillips shot and wounded two troopers and fatally shot a third.

He was captured in a field across the border in western Pennsylvania, ending what was up to then the largest manhunt in state history.

Bennett retired in 2007 after 38 years with the state police and became Schenectady’s fire and police commissioner.


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