Rochester Police officer shot and killed, two others injured

Updated: 09/04/2014 10:18 AM
Created: 09/03/2014 9:48 PM WHEC.com

The Rochester Police Department confirms the officer that was shot earlier tonight has died.

Crews responded to a shooting in the area of Hudson Avenue and Warsaw Street around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police say it appears the shooting happened when police tried to apprehend an individual. A chase ensued and there was an exchange of gunfire, according to officials.

We’re told by police at least three people were shot including the Rochester Police officer. Chief Michael Ciminelli told reporters at a news conference that the suspect was also shot during the incident and an innocent bystander was hit by gunfire. Police say the innocent bystander suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The officer is the first member of the Rochester Police Department to be killed in the line of duty since 1959. Right now, police have not released the identity of officer that was killed. Chief Ciminelli says that will be released when notification of the family is complete. More details are expected later on Thursday.

"It is with a sad and heavy heart that I come before you to announce that tonight we lost one of our own," said Chief Ciminelli at the press conference. "A police officer who gave his life in the line of duty. Who made the ultimate sacrifice."

Mayor Lovely Warren also spoke to the media at the conference. She said, "Words simply cannot express the sense of sorrow and deep lost that we feel at this moment. A family has lost a loved one. The men and women of our police department have lost a family member and friend. And we the people of Rochester have lost someone who -- like every RPD officer -- put their life on the line day after day for us.



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