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RPD: Officer shot man during attempted arrest

April 16, 2018 12:10 PM

A man was shot by a Rochester Police officer during an attempted arrest on Wilkins Street Sunday night.

At around 10:20 p.m., two officers were patrolling the neighborhood when they encountered a group of people standing in the middle of the street.

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Deputy Chief La'Ron Singletary says one of the officers attempted to take one of the men into custody due to an active bench warrant for criminal possession of a weapon. The man resisted arrest and a struggle ensued, resulting in both men ending up on the ground.

As the two men were on the ground, a gun that was carried by the man fell to the ground and was picked up by another man in the group. 

Deputy Chief Singletary says the officer who was on the ground fired his gun once, hitting the man who picked up the gun in the upper body. The man who was shot tried to run from the scene but was taken into custody a short distance from where he was shot. He was transported to Strong Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The man with the active warrant ran from the scene and remains at large.

The two officers were not injured.

News10NBC spoke with one neighbor who has lived in the area for years. She says she's sick of seeing so many problems.

"It's a rat-race around here," Bobby Jackson says. "But nobody bothers me. I've been here since 1980 and I tell them they stay in their lane, I stay in mine because I'm 73 years old and I don't have time."

The identities of the officers involved and the suspect have not yet been released. Both officers are assigned to administrative duties as the investigation continues, per RPD policy.

Stay with News10NBC on-air and online for more on this developing story.

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