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Family of Pittsford shoplifting suspect speaks
Ogden, N.Y. -- The father of the man shot by a Monroe County deputy spoke out Thursday to voice his frustration over how the incident was handled, criticizing the Monroe County Sheriff's Office for the amount of force used to take down his son.
"They shot my son like a dog," Vincent Zagari said. "They treated him like an animal."
Suspected of shoplifting, Vincenzo Zagari, 22, was shot behind M&T Bank on Monroe Avenue in Pittsford Wednesday afternoon, after he allegedly stole a map from Wegmans there and tried to flee from police.
Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn said he stands by his Deputy Bridget Davis' decision.
"I feel she handled this situation with composure and the highest degree of professionalism no officer wants to be put in the position that Deputy [Bridget] Davis found herself in yesterday," he said.
Up against the former star wrestler at Spencerport High School, O'Flynn said Deputy Davis, a 12-year veteran, was outmatched.
"She told him to drop the bag and at that point he pulled out the hammer and proceeded to attempt to strike her with it," O'Flynn said. "At that point, she struck him with the baton."
After a short struggle, OFlynn said Zagari pulled out a pellet gun that looked like a handgun.
"I dont think from just a distance of a few feet that you could tell whether this was actually a functioning 9 millimeter or a pellet pistol," OFlynn said as he held up a photo of the weapon. "It was obviously designed to look like a weapon."
Vincent Zagari said he understands his son was wrong, but thinks the deputies used excessive force. Vincenzo Zagari is currently in a coma, listed in guarded condition at Strong Hospital.