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Injured officer confronts Strong
Rochester, N.Y.--It was the witness jurors were waiting to hear from and he didn't mince words.
Rochester Police Sergeant Flamour Zenelovic, who was shot twice one year ago, took the witness stand to deliver an hour's worth of testimony against the man accused of trying to kill him.
"I could not see his right hand so I walked to verbally challenge him," Zenelovic told the court as he was questioned by the prosecution.
The confrontation took place on North Goodman Street June 27th 2013, at nearly the same time as Friday's testimony.
At the time, Zenelovic was pursuing Ralph Strong, Jr. along with another RPD unit and state police. It was Zenelovic who cornered Strong, according to his testimony.
"He didn't comply," explained Zenelovic. Instead, the sergeant said Strong shot at him, hitting him in both arms. Zenelovic returned fire, emptying his handgun.
Strong and Zenelovic exchanged stares throughout the testimony. The courtroom standoff boiled over when Zenelovic was asked to identify Strong. He described the defendant's clothing but added to it.
"He's looking at me as I'm looking at him," Zenelovic firmly states.
"You haven't heard the defense yet," Strong's defense attorney Paul Vacca told 13WHAM News exclusively following the close of court. "Everybody is supposed to keep an open mind, not come to any conclusions."
The trial resumes Monday and the jury is expected to get the case early next week.