NYSP: Trooper shoots man wanted on parole violation after he held woman against her will

The scene on Fairbanks Street, April 16, 2021. Photo: News10NBC. The scene on Fairbanks Street, April 16, 2021.

Updated: April 16, 2021 06:35 PM
Created: April 16, 2021 12:34 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A New York State Police trooper shot a man wanted on a parole absconder warrant after troopers say he entered a Fairbanks Street home, held a woman against her will with a butcher knife and then "made an aggressive movement" toward officers while holding the knife.

US Marshal Charles Salina said the shooting happened at around 11:15 a.m. He says a task force made up of the Marshals Office, Monroe County Sheriffs Office, State Police, and Rochester Police responded to 107 Fairbanks Street to arrest the man on a warrant.

State Police say the man entered the adjoining residence at 105 Fairbanks Street and held the woman who lived there against her will with a large butcher knife before hiding in the basement.

Troopers say he refused to follow the officers' instructions when they tried to take him into custody, and "made an aggressive movement" toward officers while holding the knife. Troopers say they tried to use a taser on the man, but it was unsuccessful.

New York State Police say the man was shot once near the shoulder and his injuries appear to be non-life-threatening. Troopers say they immediately rendered first aid.

He's being treated at Strong Memorial Hospital. Police say he's in his 30s.

The woman was not hurt.

News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Bream was on the scene in the early hours of the incident and asked members of the task force why arresting this man was so crucial.

Brean: "Was there a reason to think either major or marshal that the person you were trying to get was a threat to the community?"

Chase: "Anybody that's on a warrant especially an absconder, or parole warrant they're usually dangerous people. So anybody that's wanted like that when we're going and try to arrest somebody on a warrant we consider them dangerous, yes."

The legal definition of an absconder is a person who intentionally avoids supervision by failing to maintain contact with their parole officer or failing to reside at their approved residence.

Salina said this is currently a State Police investigation. State Police Captain Barry Chase did not say if the man actually charged at the trooper, he just said the trooper felt "threatened" and was "fearful for his life." 

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