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February 4, 2014

Man charged with killing DEP co-worker

A 53-year-old Gilboa man, employed by the New York City agency that runs the Gilboa Dam and controls the New York City watershed, was charged with second-degree murder Monday in connection with the fatal shooting of a coworker at Departmental of Environmental Protection building in Kingston, authorities said.

David N. Reese of 297 Flat Creek Road was arrested by Kingston Police after being questioned about the killing of coworker Aron J. Thomas, 33, of the Ulster County community of Olivebridge. The shooting took place just before 7 a.m.

Reese has been employed by the agency for 16 years as an equipment mechanic, officials said. Thomas was employed at DEP for nearly nine years as a watershed maintainer.

A source familiar with the probe said investigators are looking into the possibility that the killing was an act of revenge, but the underlying reason was not immediately clear.

Police investigators went to Reese’s Schoharie County home and executed a search warrant. Officials said he has a valid pistol permit, listing two handguns.

Reese and his wife, Elsa, moved to their Gilboa home about 15 years ago and subsequently joined the Flat Creek Baptist Church, said one of the couple’s neighbors, Beatrice Warner.

“He is a very friendly man,” said Warner. “He’s a little shy with people at first but when he gets to know you he’s very talkative. Our children play together. There has never been any sign of trouble with him or with anything at his house.”

Warner said that DEP vehicles were parked outside the Reese home throughout the day, and at one point four agency vehicles were there. However, she said she was not aware he was the subject of a criminal investigation until she was informed by a reporter for The Daily Star that Reese was being linked by police to the Kingston killing.

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