Police: RPD officer shot man on Wilkins St. during attempted arrest
UPDATE (4/18) - A Rochester man has been arrested in connection with Sunday's officer-involved shooting.
Randy Love, 26, has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest for his alleged involvement in Sunday's incident. He was also arrested for an outstanding bench warrant.
Police say Love struggled with Officer Daniel Rizzo Sunday and fled the scene.
He will be arraigned Thursday.
UPDATE (4/17): Rochester Police have identified the two police officers involved in Sunday's shooting on Wilkins Street.
Officer Daniel Rizzo is a five-and-a-half-year veteran of the Rochester Police Department, and Officer Jeremy Lindauer is a three-year veteran with the department.
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A Rochester Police officer fired the shot that injured a man on Wilkins Street Sunday night. RPD says the officer was attempting to make an arrest in a crowd of people that had gathered.
The officer and suspect fell to the ground, and so did a gun. Deputy Chief LaRon Singletary said when another man picked up the weapon, the officers had to gain control of that weapon and the crowd.
"It's a matter of safety," Singletary said.
Singletary said one of the officers recognized the suspect as a man with an outstanding warrant for weapons possession. The man allegedly resisted arrest, and both the man and the officer fell to the ground.
"During the struggle, the male and the officer did end up on the ground," said Deputy Chief Singletary. "A handgun possessed by this male fell to the street."
The officer who was on the ground then fired his gun once, hitting the second man once.
Bobby Jackson lives nearby and was home with her daughter.
"I said, 'What's going on?' and she said, 'Someone's shooting,'" Jackson said.
RPD said it is not clear in this point in the investigation whether the man pointed the gun at officers or whether it was fired.
The man who was shot by the RPD officer tried to run from the scene, but was taken into custody. The man who was in a struggle with the Rochester Police officer ran from the scene and remains at large.
The two officers were unharmed.
The man who was shot by the officer was taken to the hospital and is expected to be okay.
Deputy Chief Singletary said the identity of the officers will be released later Monday or Tuesday.
Charges will be filed against both men, whose names are not being released yet.
Rochester Police know this area well. They have begun to patrol here more often to address gun violence. Bobby Jackson hardly recognizes the neighborhood from when she first moved here in 1980.
"There are few home owners now so it seems like nobody cares," Jackson said.