RPD officer shot last year takes stand Friday

Updated: 06/27/2014 6:07 PM
Created: 06/27/2014 4:39 AM WHEC.com
By: Rachel Spotts

The Rochester Police sergeant shot while trying to pull over a murder suspect last year took the stand in his trial.

Sgt. Flamur Zenelovic was shot in the arm one year ago. Police say it was murder suspect Ralph Strong, who fired at him. Strong is on trial for the shooting and for the murders of two men outside a nightclub on Central Avenue.

Sgt. Zenelovic took the stand just before 4:00 p.m. Friday. It was almost exactly a year to the day and time when his shootout with Strong happened. He walked jurors through the incident, which he says started on a driveway off North Goodman Street. That's when he testified he saw Strong for the first time as he was trying to pursue him. He says he was about 15 feet away from him and told him to show his hands, but says Strong didn't do it and instead pulled out his gun and started shooting at him. 

Sgt. Zenelovic says he instantly felt a pain in his left arm. He says he dropped to the ground and saw Strong walk directly toward him while he continued to shoot. 

Sgt. Zenelovic says he was shot once in both of his arms. A third bullet was deflected by his handcuff case around his waist. He says it wasn't easy to take the stand, but he says he was ready.

Sgt. Zenelovic said, "You know, it does bring back some emotions. It's not every day someone tries to kill you in the middle of the street."

The sergeant says he hasn't been able to return to work since the shootout last year, mostly because of his injuries. He says with almost 20 years on the police force, he's hoping to very soon.

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