City of Rochester employee facing obstruction charges, prompts internal investigation

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) – A City of Rochester employee is facing obstruction charges following an incident on North Street Saturday.

Around 12:30 a.m., a 43-year-old man arrived at Rochester General Hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his lower body. This led police to the parking lot of the S&T Lounge at 328 North Street.

When officers arrived, they located evidence of shots fired, and subsequently secured the crime scene to protect evidence. Police say that they found a handgun in an unsecured car, leading them to the arrest of parolee Victor Gilchrist.

As the investigation unfolded, Anthony Hall, 36, exited 328 North Street into the inner perimeter of the crime scene, and at first, seemed to be leaving, but then walked past officers a second time while heading deeper into the scene.

An RPD officer attempted to stop Hall from further entering the crime scene, but he refused the officer’s orders to leave and was ultimately arrested for Obstruction of Governmental Administration in the second degree. He is set to appear in Rochester City Court on July 5.

Further investigation has revealed that Hall is a City of Rochester employee. Following his arrest, Hall filed a complaint about the officer’s conduct.

An internal investigation into the incident is underway. The Rochester Police Department Chief is working with the Office of
the Mayor, the Corporation Counsel, City Council, the Monroe County District Attorney, and the Rochester Police Locust
Club on this incident.

RPD says that it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.