Trooper Dies After Fall; Officials Say He Was Not Harnessed

November 20, 2013 Updated Nov 21, 2013 at 8:27 AM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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November 20, 2013 Updated Nov 21, 2013 at 8:27 AM EDT

WYOMING COUNTY (WKBW) - New York State Trooper Ross Riley died Wednesday afternoon after falling into the gorge at Letchworth State Park.

The State Police Special Operation Response Team was conducting a training exercise at the gorge when Riley fell.

Officials say Riley was not wearing a harness at the time of the fall.

The first emergency call came out around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon. Riley is a 17 year veteran of the New York State Police. The 44-year old is survived by his wife and three daughters.

Police are still investigating the accident and how Trooper Riley fell.