The fatal shooting of an unarmed former Arcata restaurateur by a New York state trooper is under investigation, according to the Associated Press.

Luke Patterson, 41, was shot at approximately 2 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 84 in Montgomery, Orange County, New York. According to an AP report, New York state troopers had been dispatched to a report of an abandoned car.

State police at a news conference said that Patterson, walking along the shoulder of the interstate, ignored multiple commands from troopers before making a “sudden movement” toward the door of the police car. A trooper on foot at the scene shot Patterson multiple times, fatally wounding him.

The incident is under investigation by state police and the Orange County District Attorney’s office, according to the AP.

Patterson was perhaps best known in Humboldt County for offering free Thanksgiving meals to the hungry and for opening two restaurants in Arcata: Luke’s Joint on the Arcata Plaza in 2010, and The Other Place on K Street in 2012. He also previously operated a food cart, Sublime Swine, on the plaza. After selling both restaurants in 2015, he moved to Tannersville, New York.

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