Friend speaks out after Richmondville man dies following 21-mile police pursuit

March 19, 2017 11:23 PM

ROTTERDAM -- “Actually his daughter called me. And I started crying hysterically,” said Lena Casillo.

Cassillo is devastated after learning 36-year-old Emmanuel Humphreys of Richmondville took his life early this morning.

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Casillo, who lives in Schenectady, said she was best friends with Humphreys and has known him since she was 15-years-old.

“He's a very loving generous person,” Casillo said. “I didn't know him as an abusive person or wanting to harm himself. He's always been there for me, my family, he's been our family,” she said.

Police said Humphreys fled the scene of a physical domestic dispute in Richmondville Saturday night.

He was accused of physically assaulting his girlfriend.

Two troopers caught up with him in a 2010 Honda during a traffic stop on Route 30A in Schoharie County.

“When they were talking to him at the car he sped off running over the foot of one of our troopers and that's when the pursuit ensued,” said New York State Police Troop G Commander, Captain Robert Patnaude.

Three State Troopers and two Schoharie County Sheriff's deputies were involved in the 21-mile, 15 minute chase.

Police said at one point during the pursuit Humphreys called his girlfriend who was with another Trooper listening over speakerphone, and said he wanted to crash his car and die.

Humphreys eventually spotted a dump truck in Rotterdam and plowed into it before splitting his car in half just after midnight Sunday.

Witnesses said what appeared to be part of Humphreys car did catch on fire.

“Went over Rt. 7 by Burdeck street he found a dump truck that met his needs,” Patnaude said. “He struck the dump truck, spun off of that and then one of our troop cars ran into his car,” he said.

The Trooper in that car did suffer injuries because of the crash.

Part of Humphrey's car hit a woman inside of a Rav 4 outside of Karra Mancini's house.

“She saw it all coming at her and stopped her vehicle and part of the vehicle hit her,” Mancini said.

Casillo said Humphreys suffered from emotional issues but did not show signs of wanting to harm himself.

“He is a very, very generous person,” Casillo said. “And normally you could talk to him about anything. I don't know what provoked him to go this far,” she said.

Cassillo said Humphreys leaves behind four children.

The woman whose car was struck was not injured while the two injured troopers were treated at Ellis hospital and released.

An autopsy on Humphreys is scheduled for Monday March 20th.


Nia Hamm

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