New York Attorney General Letitia James will be investigating after a Rochester Police officer shot and killed a man early Friday morning at the corner of Glasser and Masseth Streets.
Mayor Lovely Warren made the announcement Friday morning ahead of a news conference about the proposed 2021-22 city budget.
Police said they responded to Lyell Avenue near Murray Street around 4:20 a.m. after an alert from a ShotSpotter unit indicated multiple gunshots had been fired in that area. A few minutes later, officers saw what they believed was a vehicle belonging to a suspect driving on Glasser Street and pulled it over.
Officers said the man driving, who was in his 20s, “refused to exit the vehicle.” Police said an officer saw the man had a gun and subsequently fired multiple shots into the car at him. Police did not say whether the man had fired any shots at police. It is also not immediately clear if the man pointed the gun at officers. 13WHAM has reached out to police for clarification.
Captain Mark Mura said no officers were hurt.
Both Mura and Warren said separately body camera footage is being reviewed to determine exactly what led up to the officer shooting the man.
The involvement of the New York AG is mandated by New York State law. The Office of Special Investigation will handle the case, which was established in 2015 and expanded this year from the Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit.
13WHAM News has submitted requests for the body camera footage from the incident to provide more context for what took place.
The name of the man who was shot has not been released.
On March 10, Rochester Police Officer Matthew Drake shot and killed a man while on duty. Police said Tyshon Jones was threatening to harm himself and police outside the Open Door Mission and walked toward police while holding a large knife he obtained from the kitchen at the shelter.