Teen pleads guilty to firing gun at RPD officer in February

Ernestaize Moore, 17, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted murder 2nd. He faces 20 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision when he is sentenced. (Photo: RPD)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The teenager accused of firing a gun at a Rochester Police officer back in February pleaded guilty to attempted murder charges in court Tuesday.

Ernestaize Moore, 17, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted murder 2nd. He faces 20 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision when he is sentenced.

In March, Moore had been indicted by a Monroe County grand jury on charges of attempted murder 2nd, criminal use of a firearm 1st, four counts of criminal possession of a weapon 2nd, and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance 3rd.

Moore is accused of firing a gun at a Rochester Police officer on Santee Street near Bauer Street shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday.

Court paperwork states Moore fired one round from a Lorcin .380 pistol at Officer Kelly Phillips from 10 feet away. Phillips has been with the RPD for 16 years and grew up in the neighborhood where those shots were fired at her.

Paperwork states that Moore waived his Miranda rights, and admitted to having the pistol and firing it toward the officer in an effort to keep himself from going to jail.

Moore is scheduled to be sentenced on September 12.

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