Sources confirm name of suspect involved in deadly shooting of Rochester Police officer

Updated: 09/04/2014 11:07 AM
Created: 09/04/2014 10:30 AM WHEC.com

There is new information on the suspect sources say shot and killed a Rochester Police officer. We found out that he was recently released from prison.

We also have obtained the dispatch audio from the shooting Wednesday night.

Here’s a transcript of a portion of that call:
Dispatch: Warsaw and Hudson. Shots fired suspect down, officer down. Shots fired -- suspect and officer down. We need a rig, we need Hudson shut down. Hudson and Roycroft shut down. We have a large crowd gathering. Seventy-seven to RGH with officer in the car. Advise RGH that they're going to RGH. They're taking him to RGH. I've got another male shot -- 955 Hudson, 955 Hudson. Everybody proceed here with caution please. Don't block up to Hudson Ave.”

Right now, police still have the area on Hudson Avenue between Roycroft Drive and Weaver Street blocked off as they continue collecting evidence from the scene.

We do have new information about the suspect hit in the shootout with police. Sources tell us it’s Thomas Johnson III of Rochester. We learned he was recently paroled from prison, released just three weeks ago after an attempted robbery conviction. We're told when Johson was released, he stayed at the Salvation Army shelter on Liberty Pole Way in Rochester. However, we're told he had not shown up since August 14.

He was apparently pulled over in a traffic stop last night around 9:25 p.m. and then jumped out and ran away. That's when there was a shootout between the officer and Johnson, both were hit and the officer died of his wounds. Johnson was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital. At this time, hospital officials tell us he is in guarded condition. An innocent bystander was also hit. We do not know that condition of that person.

We expect to get more information from Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli at an 11:30 a.m. news conference. That's when we expect him to officially release the name of the officer shot and killed. News10NBC has been respecting the request not to release the name of the officer until all his relatives were notified.


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