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Bills fly flags at half-staff to honor state trooper who had tried out for team

The Bills flew the flags outside the team facilities at One Bills Drive at half-staff Friday in memory of Trooper Nicholas F. Clark, who was shot and killed in the line of duty early Monday near Corning.

Clark was invited to the Bills' minicamp in 2012 after a stellar career as a linebacker at Alfred, where he was a two-time All-America honoree while earning Empire 8 All-Conference honors three times, the Empire 8 Defensive Player of the Year honor twice – the first in conference history to do so – and the Empire 8 Conference Merit Award.

Clark responded, along with members of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and the Corning Police Department, to a home in the Town of Erwin after a reportedly suicidal man had barricaded himself in the house, State Police First Deputy Superintendent Chris Fiore said.

Earlier in the week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had ordered flags on all state government buildings to be flown at half-staff.

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