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Officer shot on duty honored at City Hall
Rochester, N.Y. Two months after a homicide suspects bullets left him with wounded arms that still prevent him from working, Sergeant Flamur Zeneovic received some recognition.
At a ceremony honoring heroic efforts in Rochesters the public safety community, Zenelovic was given a key to the city by mayor Tom Richards.
I think its very special, said Zenelovic. Its very nice of the mayor and city to take this opportunity to recognize everyone here today, not just my incident, and its a very nice gesture.
On June 27, Zenelovic confronted homicide suspect Ralph Strong near Norton and Goodman Streets. Strong was a suspect in a shooting on Central Avenue in which two people were killed.
Zenelovic pursued Strong, gunfire was exchanged and it ended with Zenelovic suffering gunshot wounds to both arms, as well as an injury to a bystander.
For me, its not tough, explained Ahmet Zenelovic, Flamurs father. Because he did a great job and Im very proud of him.
We all took it hard, Im the mother, he (Ahmet) took it just as hard as me, but we survived.
The officer who drove Zenelovic was also honored at City Hall, as were several firemen and women and emergency communications dispatchers.
Zenelovic has not returned to duty, it is unclear when that could happen. He would not address the incident that resulted in his injuries. There were other offices involved in the shootout with Strong, and the police department took responsibility for one of the officers shots hitting the bystander, Gene McDougal.
Strongs case has yet to go to trial.