Suspect shot by deputy now in satisfactory condition
Updated: Friday, February 7 2014, 05:49 PM EST
Rochester, N.Y. -- The shoplifting suspect shot by police last month in Pittsford has been upgraded to satisfactory condition at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Vincenzo Zagari, 22, of Ogden, had been in guarded condition after he was shot by a Monroe County sheriff’s deputy during a confrontation Jan. 22.
Police said Zagari crashed a stolen car after stealing from Wegmans on Monroe Avenue, before the deputy chased him as he tried to flee the scene.
Officials say Zagari turned and aimed a realistic looking pellet gun at the pursuing deputy.
That's when Deputy Bridget Davis fired multiple times and struck Zagari in the hand and chest.
Deputy Davis has since returned to work and while the final results of the internal investigation have not been released the Sheriff has said she followed all protocalls.
Zagari is considered to be “in custody” at the hospital and a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Jail Deputy is positioned outside of his room around the clock.
A Violation of Probation warrant has detained Zagari and does not place any time restriction on when charges need to be filed. Zagari was serving probation because of his involvement in a 2012 shooting in the Town of Wheatland.
Pending charges against Zagari include larceny, possession of a stolen vehicle, attempted aggravated assault against a police officer, and resisting arrest and menacing.
In addition to the potential criminal charges from the Pittsford shooting, Zagari was named as a "Person of Interest" in a bank robbery one day earlier in Spencerport.
While Zagari remains "in custody" at the hospital because of a probation violation warrant, his medical bills are covered by taxpayers.
The sheriff contracts with a medical provider to handle the costs, and it is possible that the contract will cover all of the costs without additional bills.