Updated 01/02/2012 06:57 PM
Questions remain about why trooper allegedly forced his way into home
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UTICA, N.Y. -- Residents in a South Utica neighborhood say they're outraged charges have yet to be filed against a state trooper who allegedly forced his way into a home on New Year's Day.
Utica Police say it was just after midnight when an off-duty trooper forced his way into a house on Beverly Place. Two adults and a child were home at the time.
When police responded to burglary reports, they found both the homeowner and trooper had sustained injuries.
Neighbors asked Monday afternoon why the officer, who state police confirm is Trooper Jesse Miller, wasn't immediately charged.
Police say it's policy to conduct a thorough investigation to make sure the proper charges are filed and many questions remain, including whether Miller was intoxicated and what connection, if any, he has to the homeowner.
"The biggest thing for us is the ‘Why?’ I mean, we know the details of it, but that's the thing that we're still working on is the ‘Why?’ Why this residence, you know, why'd this person go there?" said Sgt. Steven Hauck, a spokesman for the Utica Police.
State Police say Miller has been suspended while an internal investigation is completed.