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Rochester Police officer shot and killed on Hudson Avenue

Updated: 09/04/2014 10:44 AM
Created: 09/04/2014 8:44 AM WHEC.com
By: News10NBC

A family has lost a loved one and the men and women of the Rochester Police Department have lost a family member and a friend.

A Rochester Police officer made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the people of Rochester. That officer was shot and killed after chasing a suspect in the City.

Here is what we know from Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli when he held a brief news conference early Thursday morning.
 
It started as a traffic stop on Hudson Avenue near Warsaw Street. At some point, the suspect is believed to have jumped out of the car to run away. There was a pursuit and then gunfire that turned into a shootout. Both the officer and the suspect were shot and an innocent bystander was skimmed by a bullet. Sources tell News10NBC the suspect is 38-year-old Thomas Johnson III, a recent parolee

Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli is not releasing the name of the officer who died until they are sure all of his relatives are notified. During a news conference, you could tell he felt the severity of this incident when he talked about the death of one of his officers. "On behalf of all the men and women in the RPD, I want to express our deepest condolences to the officer's family. We in the Rochester community have lost someone very important to all of us. We ask for your prayers and thoughts during this very difficult time."

All the officers who responded to the scene last night had to recognize the location because just two blocks from Warsaw Street is Dayton Street. That's where Officer Anthony DiPonzio was shot in the head by 14-year-old Tyquan Rivera in 2009. DiPonzio survived and was one of the many officers who showed up at Rochester General Hospital to grieve the loss of one of their own.

It was an emotional scene at Rochester General Hospital where the officer was pronounced dead. Surgeons tried to save the officer but sadly he died from his injuries.

At 1 a.m., Chief Ciminelli and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren spoke about the deadly shooting.

Mayor Lovely Warren said words cannot describe the sense of sorrow, a family has lost a loved one and the men and women of the Rochester police department lost a family member and a friend. "We the people of Rochester have lost someone who like every other RPD officer put their life on the line every day for us. I ask that everyone join me and the citizens and keep the family and all of the officers in our prayers thank you."

The last update we received from officials was that the suspect was in surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital and his condition is unknown.

We expect to receive an update from officials Thursday morning.

Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren hold news conference Wednesday night


Rochester City Councilman Adam McFadden talks about death of Rochester Police officer

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks statement:
“With a heavy heart, I join our entire community in grieving the loss of the Rochester Police Officer who sacrificed his own life in the line of duty earlier this evening. Just as words fail to capture our sadness upon learning of his passing, it is equally difficult to express our sincere gratitude that the Officer and his many colleagues selflessly put their lives on the line every time they don the badge in service to others. First and foremost, our prayers will remain with the Officer, his family, and the entire Rochester Police Department following this unthinkable tragedy. Moving forward, Monroe County will continue to offer the full weight of our public safety resources to the RPD and all involved agencies to ensure this heinous crime is met with swift and deserving justice.” “With a heavy heart, I join our entire community in grieving the loss of the Rochester Police Officer who sacrificed his own life in the line of duty earlier this evening. Just as words fail to capture our sadness upon learning of his passing, it is equally difficult to express our sincere gratitude that the Officer and his many colleagues selflessly put their lives on the line every time they don the badge in service to others. First and foremost, our prayers will remain with the Officer, his family, and the entire Rochester Police Department following this unthinkable tragedy. Moving forward, Monroe County will continue to offer the full weight of our public safety resources to the RPD and all involved agencies to ensure this heinous crime is met with swift and deserving justice.”

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle statement:
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the untimely and tragic passing of the Rochester Police Officer who was taken from our community while serving in the line of duty this past evening. In making the ultimate sacrifice, this Officer left behind a loving family, dedicated friends, and a fellowship of officers within the Rochester Police Department who will forever honor his memory through their continued service to our community. No words can ease the pain felt by all who were close to this Officer, but please know that you are surrounded by the prayers of an indebted community. May all those who have been personally touched by this tragedy be granted strength and solace during this challenging time.”

Senator Joe Robach statement:
“My heart goes out to the Rochester Police Department officer who was tragically killed in the line of duty last night, and his entire family and friends. This officer made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our community and serving as the thin line between the majority of law abiding citizens and those who choose to break the law. This officer’s sacrifice personifies the fear and risk we have for our law enforcement officers on a daily basis. Our entire community owes a great debt of gratitude to this officer and his family for his service and sacrifice.”

Democratic Leader of the Monroe County Legislature Carrie Andrews statement:
"Today we join with our community in expressing our profound condolences to the Rochester Police Department and the family and friends of the officer slain in the line of duty last night. This tragedy is a solemn reminder that our first responders put their lives on the line each and every day to make our community safe. We owe them a great deal of gratitude for their selfless service to our family, friends and neighbors. Our thoughts remain with the fallen officer, their friends and family."



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