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Man shot by trooper known for police brawls

October 6, 2012 10:03:07 AM PDT
Current and former police officers say a man who was shot to death by a state trooper in Newburgh had a history of brawling with police.

Police say William Baynes died Thursday night after he got into a fight with a trooper after a traffic stop. State Police say the trooper fired in self-defense.

The Times Herald-Record reports (http://bit.ly/PgqkUf ) that the 51-year-old had fought with officers several times before.

One 1991 fracas left an officer with a cracked vertebrae.

Retired officer Paul Weber recalled how Baynes once fought him "like a champ" while trying to escape a burglary arrest.

One longtime friend, though, said Baynes had a good heart.

Bonnie Herring told the newspaper she thought police could have taken him into custody without using deadly force.

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