DEP employee indicted for second-degree murder of a co-worker
By Jay Braman Jr.
On Tuesday, an Ulster County Grand Jury indicted the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) employee accused of fatally shooting a co-worker on February 3, according to the district attorney’s office.
David N. Reese, 53, of 297 Flat Creek Road, Gilboa, was indicted for second-degree murder in the Feb. 3 shooting death of Aron J. Thomas, 33, of Olivebridge, at the department’s Smith Avenue office in midtown Kingston.
If convicted, Reese is looking at a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison.
Reese allegedly shot and killed his co-worker inside the Kingston offices of the DEP.
Kingston City Police said Reese was taken into custody at the DEP building shortly after Aron J. Thomas, 33, of Olivebridge was shot and that Reese was charged with second-degree murder. Reese pled not guilty during his arraignment in Kingston City Court and was sent to the Ulster County Jail without bail.
Police have not yet offered a motive for the killing.
In a prepared statement, police said officers were dispatched to the DEP building, at 71 Smith Avenue about 6:45 a.m. and found Thomas “deceased as a result of an apparent gunshot wound.”
Reese was taken into custody at the scene, police said. A handgun was recovered at the scene and is believed to be the weapon used.
According to the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Department, Reese had a permit for two handguns.
An online fundraising effort to secure $75,000 for the victim’s family has so far raised $55,164.
Donations can be made at www.gofundme.com/6nowgo.