Police: Big flats man killed in home invasion Thursday night
CORNING, N.Y. (WBNG) -- Corning police say a man from Tioga County, Pennsylvania is in custody after shooting and killing a man in Big Flats Thursday night.
According to police, it began around 8:30 p.m. when 32-year-old Curtis Burrows, of Mansfield approached a woman in a parking lot located between Park Lane and West William Street in Corning.
Authorities say Burrows showed a handgun to the woman while she was parking, and then got into her vehicle. Burrows tried to handcuff the woman to the vehicle, but she was able to get out and run into a nearby business, police say.
Authorities say the vehicle was found about half-hour later on the north end of Hickock Road in the town of Corning.
Several law enforcement agencies, K-9 units and a helicopter were used to look for Burrows, who is believed to have left the vehicle on foot, officials say.
Around 12:30 a.m., authorities say Corning police and state troopers responded to a reported home invasion with shots fired on Reasor Hollow Road in Big Flats.
"Burrows forced his way into the residence where he confronted the homeowners, shooting one of the resident’s, Timothy Webster, age 60, after which he stole a set of truck keys and fled the scene in the Webster's vehicle," the Chemung County Sheriff's Office wrote in a news release.
Deputies say Webster's wife immediately called 911 and Sheriff’s Deputies and State Troopers responded to the scene.
"The Deputies were able to obtain a description of the stolen vehicle and transmitted an attempt to locate on the vehicle for all area law enforcement agencies. Due to Burrows' residence in Pennsylvania, the incident and vehicle description were also reported to the Pennsylvania State Police," according to the news release.
Authorities say Webster died at the scene.
At about 4 a.m. Thursday, Corning police say they were told by officers in the area of Mansfield, Pennsylvania that Burrows was in custody.
"It was reported that he had crashed a vehicle in Pennsylvania and was captured at a Mansfield area hospital where he had gone for medical attention," Corning police said in a news release.
The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office was assisted during the investigation by the Corning Police Department, the New York State Police, the Pennsylvania State Police out of the Mansfield Barracks, the Wellsboro Police Department, as well as the Chemung County Medical Examiner’s Office.