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RPD identifies officer who fatally shot man outside Open Door Mission

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Updated: March 16, 2021 05:18 PM
Created: March 16, 2021 04:03 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Rochester Police Department identified the officer who shot and killed a man who threatened to harm himself and police officers outside the Open Door Mission last week. 

The department says Matthew Drake, a 13.5-year veteran of the department, shot and killed Tyshon Jones, 29, on March 10.

Police say Jones was cutting himself with a large knife and making threats to kill officers. Police on scene requested an officer with a taser, but Rochester Police Capt. Mark Mura said Jones "moved forward" to police with the knife. 

That's when Drake shot him five times, hitting him at least once in the upper body.

Jones's family said he was having a mental health crisis, prompting calls for changes in the way police deal with people who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

RPD Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan told News10NBC's Berkeley Brean what happened is not a call for PIC.

Drake is currently on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

The City of Rochester released body-worn camera footage from the officer-involved shooting. Watch it here


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