Family of suspect in deputy involved shooting makes public statement

Updated: 01/25/2014 11:15 PM
Created: 01/25/2014 5:48 PM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

The family of the man shot by a Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy in Pittsford Wednesday night wants the community to know more about him.

That statement contains new information about Vincenzo Zagari. The 22-year-old from Ogden is still in guarded condition at Strong Hospital.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says the deputy fired at Zagari when he attacked her with a hammer and then pulled out a gun.

The statement News10NBC discovered Saturday is the first time Zagari's family has commented publicly.

The statement is on a website set up to raise money for the Zagari family. To verify it, we called the person running the website. She says she is a friend of the family and that the Zagari family gave her the statement to put on the web.

The family talks about their son Vincenzo, how badly he was hurt, what happened on Wednesday and what they plan to do with the money that gets raised.

The website is called gofundme.com. The statement says Zagari was involved in an "altercation with police that has left him fighting for his life." It says zagari was shot multiple times and has very serious injuries.

Zagari was being chased after he was seen shoplifting at the Pittsford Wegmans and driving away in a stolen car.

The sheriff says Zagari was shot after he attacked a deputy with a hammer and then pulled out a gun.

 “The weapon was drawn and pointed in her direction and at that point she responded by returning, or discharging her weapon,” said Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn.

Here's what it sounded like in the deputy's recorded radio call:

“Shots fired.”
“Shots fired.”
“Male has a gun.”

The family's statement says, "We truly do not know what happened or why. What we do know is that Vincenzo has been battling addiction and needs prayer and support. We, Vincenzo's family do not condone, dismiss or intend to minimize his behavior or actions in anyway."

The statement also says, “We are just a normal hardworking family that loves and supports each other.”

The statement says any money raised will be donated "in order to help people and their families who struggle with mental health and addiction."

At last check the website has raised $300. We've made several attempts to talk to the Zagari family. News10NBC went to the their home in Ogden Saturday, but no one came to the door.


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