Authorities say Anthony Bostick, 28, from Maybrook, exchanged gunfire with the chief inside an apartment on Abby Avenue while Amthor and other police were trying to remove him from the home.
Details of the chief's injuries haven't been released, but Trooper Steven Nevel of the New York State Police says the officer is expected to survive.
Amthor serves as Police Chief for the Village of Maybrook and Town of Montgomery, said Neuhaus. Police officers searched his house that morning, apparently looking for the shooter, and later asked his son to leave the house as they cleared the surrounding area. Amthor left the Newburgh department after 21 years in 2007 to become chief of the Montgomery police force. "He is OK, non life-threatening injuries, conscious and alert at the hospital".
Authorities say troopers and a police negotiator are on scene.
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The shooting triggered a massive police response, with officers carrying heavy weapons and long rifles.
"Butch is a true gentleman who has dedicated his life to law enforcement", Neuhaus said.
The shooting occurred in Maybrook, which is about 70 miles north of New York City, around 9:45 a.m., according to multiple reports.