KINGSTON, N.Y. -- A Gilboa man has been charged in Monday morning's fatal shooting at the Department of Environmental Protection in Kingston.
Reese entered a not guilty plea and was remanded without bail at an arraignment Monday evening.
According to the Kingston Police Department, Aron Thomas, 33, of Olivebridge was found dead inside the building on Smith Avenue. Following an investigation, David Reese, 53, was charged with second-degree murder. A handgun was recovered at the scene.
Reese and Thomas were both employees at the DEP, and worked in the same area of the building.
Thomas was a watershed maintainer for the city for the past nine years, responsible with maintaining facilities and the grounds around the Ashokan Reservoir and aqueducts, along with much of the infrastructure across the watershed.
"The thoughts and prayers of all DEP employees are with the victim’s family and loved ones. We will do all we can to support them in the days and months ahead. DEP is fully cooperating with local authorities in their ongoing investigation. Grief counselors will be made available to help DEP employees who have been affected by this tragedy," a statement released by the DEP read.
The investigation into the motive is ongoing.
Police say there was no danger to the public. The building was closed for the remainder of the day while agencies investigated the scene.