Utica, NY – New York Department of Corrections (DOC) Corrections Officer Heather Mock was fatally shot after being kidnapped by her ex-fiancé early Monday morning.
The incident began at the 35-year-old corrections officer’s home on Elmhurst Road at approximately 12:10 a.m. on March 10, WKTV reported.
According to investigators, 38-year-old Corrections Officer Christopher Conkling made his way into the residence through an unlocked back door and proceeded to shoot 33-year-old Corrections Officer Andrew Pruitt in the head, WKTV reported.
Corrections Officer Conkling pointed the gun at Corrections Officer Mock’s mother, but she was able to escape to the upstairs area to call 911.
Meanwhile, Corrections Officer Conkling forced Corrections Officer Mock into his vehicle and drove her several blocks away to his home on Van Rensselaer Road, WKTV reported.
Investigators from multiple jurisdictions attempted to make contact with the suspect and Corrections Officer Mock over the course of the next four hours.
They also evacuated neighboring residences as the standoff continued, WTVH reported.
When officers made entry into the home several hours later, they found Corrections Officer Mock and Corrections Officer Conkling dead from gunshot wounds.
The incident is being investigated as a murder-suicide, police said.
Corrections Officer Pruitt was rushed to St. Elizabeth Medical Center, and is expected to survive his gunshot wound, WTVH reported.
Police located several guns inside Corrections Officer Conkling’s residence. They are unsure which one was used to carry out the attacks, according to WKTV.
Investigators said that Corrections Officer Mock, a mother-of-two, and Corrections Officer Conkling were previously engaged to be married, but that they had been separated for about one year before the shooting, WIBX reported.
Police are still looking into the relationship between Corrections Officer Mock and Corrections Officer Pruitt, according to WKTV.
The shooter and the two victims all worked together at Marcy Correctional Facility.
Corrections Officer Mock’s children were not at home at the time of the shooting and kidnapping, WIBX reported.
“Sadly, Heather leaves behind two children, Hailey Kwiatkowski and Caiden Trask,” according to her obituary. “Hailey and Caiden were Heather’s world. She loved them whole-heartedly and cherished every moment she spent with them.”
She also leaves behind her parents, siblings, and many friends and extended family members.
“Her contagious laughter, spontaneity, silly antics, and pretty blue eyes will be missed by all,” her obituary read.
Corrections Officer Mock will be laid to rest on March 14.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New York DOC Corrections Officer Heather Mock, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.