Rochester police officer fatally shot and another injured, affiliate reports
A Rochester police officer was fatally shot and another wounded after a gunman opened fire on them Thursday night, according to a local NBC affiliate, citing sources.
The Rochester Police Department said a suspected man approached the two officers and opened fire on them in the Bowman Street area around 9:15 p.m., he said. WHEC, a Rochester-based subsidiary of NBC. Police said officers were working on the details at the time of the shooting.
One officer was transferred to Rochester General Hospital and another officer was transferred to Strong Memorial Hospital.
Sources later confirmed to WHEC that one of the officers had died. The condition of the other injured police officer was not immediately clear.
In a statement to NBC News, Lt. Greg Bello of the Rochester Police Department said the force has not yet issued any official updates regarding the officers’ conditions. “There is no official verification,” he said in response to a question to confirm the death of an officer.
Police did not provide further details of the incident or information on any possible suspects.
They said more information would be provided at a press conference early Friday morning.
“Our police officers are out there giving their lives for us every day,” Rochester Mayor Malik Evans said after the shooting. WROCCBS, a Rochester television station.
“They do their jobs in dangerous conditions as we go about our daily lives and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude,” Evans said. “I pray for the comfort of the officers who fired tonight, and for their families and friends and all of their fellow first responders.”
The fatal shooting was revealed hours after Evans announced the shooting State of emergency gun violence In response to the “escalation of shootings and deadly shootings” in the city.
Thursday morning occurred Sign an announcement The declaration of a state of emergency, which was scheduled to enter into force at 12 noon that day.
In the announcement, Evans said that as of Thursday morning, there have been at least 202 shooting victims so far this year, with a total of 41 murders in the city on the same date. He said that at least 34, or 82 percent, of those murders involved the use of a firearm.