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Family identifies man shot and killed by Rochester Police

Family identifies man shot and killed by Rochester Police Photo: News10NBC.

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Updated: May 14, 2021 06:03 PM
Created: May 14, 2021 05:34 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The New York Attorney's Office of Special Investigations is investigating after police shot and killed a man in Rochester early Friday morning.

Rochester Police Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan says all of the officers involved are on administrative leave, but she is not releasing their names yet. She says two officers were there initially, but other officers arrived on the scene after shots were fired.

Rochester Police Captain Mark Mura says officers initially responded to a ShotSpotter activation on Lyell Avenue around 4:20 a.m. He said officers weren't that far away and saw the wanted vehicle and pursued it.

Mura says officers pulled the car over on Glasser Street near Masseth Street. He says one of the people in the backseat of the car refused to get out, and a short time later, officers "observed a handgun in the suspect's possession."

During the "interaction," Mura says police shot into the vehicle, striking the suspect. A white man in his mid-20s was killed according to Mura. Herriott-Sullivan said at least one other person was with the victim when he was shot.

Herriott-Sullivan said someone at the scene had a gun in their possession and a gun was recovered. She said she could not share further details.

Herriott-Sullivan said at least nine shots were fired in total, but could not specify if all were fired by police or if the suspect fired at all.

Herriott-Sullivan stressed that she still has not reviewed all of the video and evidence from the scene.

"I have not seen anything yet that causes me concern," she said before stressing again that interviews are still being conducted and the investigation is still underway.

News10NBC spoke with the mother of the victim, who identified him as Mark Gaskill of Rochester.

Police have not released the names of the victim or the officers involved in the shooting.

No officers were hit.

Watch Herriott-Sullivan's briefing in the video player below:

Watch Mura's briefing in the video player below:

News10NBC interviewed Police Accountability Board Executive Director Conor Dwyer Reynolds. Watch the full interview below:

A CALL FOR BODYCAM FOOTAGE

Before beginning her budget proposal Friday, Mayor Lovely Warren said the city and the Rochester Police Department told James they will comply with the investigation.

"I also know that all of us are tired and weary from tragedies we have had to endure," Warren said. "But I ask that we all continue to act with dignity and together we will persevere and create the change we all desire and know that our community mourns together."

Warren also called on the police department to release the body-worn camera footage "as soon as possible."

She says Herriott-Sullivan informed her the department is "in the process" of releasing the footage as it's being redacted.

"No matter the circumstances, any loss of life is tragic," Warren said. She offered her condolences to the family of the man, as well as the people shot Thursday night in Rochester.

Watch Warren's opening comments in the player below.

Rochester Police Accountability Board Chair Shani Wilson said, “Today’s shooting on Glasser Street underscores the importance of having a PAB that can conduct fair investigations and create systemic change. More than ever, the PAB is committed to doing the work.”

OTHER POLICE SHOOTINGS THIS YEAR

This is the second Rochester Police shooting in 2021. The first was when officer Matthew Drake shot and killed 29-year-old Tyshon Jones, who was armed with a knife, outside of the Open Door Mission on March 10. Family members said Jones was experiencing a mental health crisis, and his shooting sparked more calls for mental health funding. 

It's the third police shooting in the city overall, as a New York State Trooper shot a man on April 16. Troopers say the man was 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.

Statewide, it's the seventh deadly police shooting in 2021 according to the Gun Violence Archive. The other shootings in New York were in the Bronx, Jamesville, Yonkers, Oneonta, and Mexico.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE'S INVESTIGATION

A 2015 Executive Order No. 147 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo mandates that deaths in police custody must be investigated by the state's attorney general. 

New York State Executive Law Section 70-b mandated the establishment of an Office of Special Investigation (OSI) within the Office of the New York State Attorney General, effective April 1, 2021. This legislation represents the codification and the expansion of the role previously performed by the Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit (SIPU) since Executive Order 147 became effective in July 2015.

Attorney General Letitia James previously investigated the death of Daniel Prude.

Warren said she had seen some of the videos, but declined to comment on if she saw the man with a gun.

Stay with News10NBC for more information as it becomes available. 


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