Updated: June 05, 2021 12:03 PM
Created: June 04, 2021 10:12 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — One man is dead after a shootout with police in Rochester 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 a "high risk" suspect that was wanted for attempted murder, first-degree assault, and criminal possession of a weapon. Police also believe the male suspect was involved in four separate shooting incidents.
Police were following the man since 6 p.m. 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 the individual into custody, police say the man ran through the backyards, turned and fired at the officers on Avenue D.
Two officers then returned fire, striking the man four or five times. The man was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan held a press conference at 12:30 a.m. Saturday to discuss the incident. Watch it in the video player below. Mobile users: Click here.
One officer did sustain minor injuries during the shootout.
Police Chief Herriot-Sullivan says when the suspect shot at the officers, one officer fell backward and injured his elbow. The officer had a bullet hole through his uniform but somehow wasn't hit.
"There's a bullet hole through his uniform, so I don't know how he wasn't struck. I can only tell you someone was looking out for him. I think we all know who that would be." said Herriot-Sullivan.
Police Chief Herriot-Sullivan says this was a special unit that was involved in the shooting and they do not have body-worn cameras.
Due to it being 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.
Mayor Lovely Warren released this statement regarding Friday night's incident:
“I have spoken with Chief Herriott-Sullivan who briefed me regarding the events of last night. She also assured me that the police department will cooperate fully with the Attorney General’s investigation. As the Chief has shared with the public, the deceased was a suspect in a number of violent incidents in our City and every effort was made to make the arrest in a manner that minimized danger to others. Any loss of life is tragic and my prayers are with the family and loved ones of the deceased. I am grateful to God that no one else, including our officers, was seriously injured. I have also discussed with Chief Herriott-Sullivan providing our officers with additional technology, and addressing RPD procedures, to ensure our specialized units have the ability to operate safely and still provide video to our community. She has assured me that she is working to do so.”
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