RPD officer fired upon in same neighborhood where she grew up

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A 16-year-old in Rochester was arraigned on attempted murder and weapons charges Monday morning after allegedly firing at a Rochester Police officer Sunday afternoon.

Ernestiaze Moore pleaded not guilty in Rochester City Court to charge of attempted murder 2nd and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon 2nd.

Moore is accused of firing a gun at an RPD 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 RPD for 16 years.

Police Union representative Ralph Gagliano says he embraced her with a hug after it happened.

"She had no fear," Gagliano said. "She was there to do a job."

Gagliano says Phillips grew up in the area and knew she'd be safe as she dodged bullets.

"She had a grandmother and aunt that lived on the street and passed away when she was younger," Gagliano said. "She felt that they were still on the street. Their spirit was on that street like they were watching her that day."

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.

In a press conference Monday, Mayor Lovely Warren says this is a reminder that the city has some work to do.

"A 16-year police veteran on our police department almost lost her life. She gets up everyday, walks out of her home, away from her family to go patrol in our community. That is the great work that we have to do. That is the work that we have to focus on," Mayor Warren said.

Moore was held on $100,000 bail or $300,000 bond on the charges. He is expected in court on February 3.

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