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O'Flynn: Zagari drew pellet gun

Rochester, N.Y. -- Wednesday afternoon, Vincenzo Zagari fled Pittsford Wegmans, while being pursued by Monroe County Sheriff's deputy Bridget Davis.

Zagari would crash the stolen car he was driving, attempt to steal a new car from a woman, before racing across Monroe Avenue toward the M&T Bank, said O'Flynn.

That is when Davis confronted Zagari.

"Told him to get his hands where she could see them because he had a bag in front of him told him to drop he bag and at that point he pulled our he hammer and are attempted to struck her with it," said Patrick O'Flynn, Monroe County Sheriff.

Davis would fire two shots, hitting him in the hand and chest. Zagari is being treated at Strong Memorial Hospital and is in guarded condition. Thursday afternoon, his family declined a request for comment.

O'Flynn said Davis acted appropriately in a situation where she was clearly overmatched.

Zagari was a star wrestler in high school at Spencerport.

Deputies recovered heroine, cocaine, other  drugs as well as items O'Flynn said were stolen at Wegmans.

The sheriff's office is investigating to determine whether Zagari was involved with other recent robberies. When asked if he was under the influence at the time of Wednesday's episode, O'Flynn said investigators plan to examine blood tests soon.

"Who pulls a gun on  a cop unless you want to die?" asked Eugene Caccamise, President of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local #3 NY.

Zagari has been in an apprenticeship program with the bricklayers, Caccamise said.

"The kid is tatlented he had a opportunity and he had a career going forward," Caccamise added.

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