East Rochester shooting: Officer released from hospital, suspect still recovering
EAST ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Investigators have released new information on the shooting that sent an East Rochester police officer and a suspect to the hospital Sunday afternoon.
Police said that just before 3:45 p.m. officers Brad Steve and Kyle Walsh responded to a noise complaint at a Garfield Street house.
As they made their way to the back unit of the three-apartment house, investigators said they found 50-year-old Raymond Noel standing in the driveway.
Investigators said he appeared to have a gun. Despite warnings from both officers to show his hands and stay put, Noel allegedly made his way to the apartment entrance, and drew his weapon.
That’s when Steve fired, striking Noel once. In response, officers said that Noel fired at Steve, also striking him once.
The bullet was stopped by Steve’s bulletproof vest, saving his life according to investigators. He was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, and released. He and Walsh are currently on paid leave.
Noel is currently still at Strong under evaluation, according to hospital staff.
Folks in the neighborhood said that while the house has drawn police a few times over the years, it’s never ended like this. Another resident in the home said that while he’d been out, his three young children had been inside at the time. He declined to speak on camera, saying he was afraid to speak out.
A few doors down, neighbor Melissa Andolino said she’d been home when it happened, and heard two gunshots.
“So I went upstairs,” she said. “About two minutes later, we heard some yelling from the cops, and then maybe five or six gunshots. And at that point the whole City of Rochester came down, but…pretty crazy.”
Andolino said that while this scared her, normally her neighborhood and the town are very safe.
“It’s a great community, this is a really unfortunate experience,” Andolino said. “Otherwise the cops do a great job of keeping crime down. I mean there’s going to be [blips] here and there, I think it’s great here, but there was just kind of a moment with a young son, where I was like, ‘Ehhh, maybe somewhere else would be better.'”
Steve is a part-time officer, with over twenty years of experience under his belt through the Brighton Police department. He’d been with East Rochester for a year-and-a-half.
As is standard for any police-involved shooting, the Attorney General’s Office will be investigating. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be handling the criminal investigation.
News10NBC is actively working to obtain the body-worn camera footage from the incident.
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