Updated: June 07, 2021 07:16 PM
Created: June 07, 2021 12:24 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The New York State Attorney General's Office identified the man shot and killed by Rochester Police during a shootout Friday night.
Rochester Police say Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams were conducting an arrest around 9:30 p.m. near Hudson Avenue and Durnan Street for Timothy Flowers, a "high risk" suspect. He was wanted for attempted murder, first-degree assault, and criminal possession of a weapon. Police also believe Flowers was involved in four separate shooting incidents.
Officers were following Flowers for a few hours. However, they were advised by Police Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan to hold off on the arrest until it was safe to do so because he was with family members.
When officers attempted to take Flowers into custody, police say he ran through the backyards, turned, and fired at the officers on Avenue D.
Two officers then returned fire, striking Flowers four or five times. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Herriott-Sullivan says this was a special unit that was involved in the shooting and they do not have body-worn cameras.
Because it was an officer-involved shooting, the New York State Attorney General’s Office is conducting the investigation.
The officers are currently placed on administrative duty until an internal investigation has been completed.
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