Rochester, N.Y., Officer Injured, Suspect shot, both hospitalized

Police say both a suspect and Rochester police officer were injured in an incident at Seneca Park.

Officers say the suspect was shot by police, but the officer was not shot. The shooting happened around 5 p.m. at Seneca Park in the lower park. Police say the incident did not affect the zoo, which closed gates at 4 p.m. 

They say the shooting occurred in the back of Seneca Park around 5:00 p.m.

According to Rural/Metro Ambulance, two people were transported to Rochester General Hospital.

Seneca Park Zoo officials have said that the shooting did not take place inside of the zoo.

Investigators would not give details about what exactly happened, but they say the officer was hurt and shot the suspect in the incident.

People out enjoying the park were caught up in the investigation.

We spoke with one woman who said she talked to a witness.

“A man who was freaking out and when the police officer went towards him, he started running,” she said. “So of course the police officer chased him. The man ran to his car and tried to get in. Got in and locked the door. The officer burst the window out. The man burst the other window out, climbed out. The officer tried to go around and the man got back in and took off in his car. She said they went out of view and then she heard a gun shot.”

Both the officer and the suspect were taken to separate hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

“I understand anybody getting wounded or hurt is bad,” says Lucie Miraglia. “But when an officer gets hurt, that’s bad.”

At 7 p.m., there was still a large police presence at the park.

Monroe County sheriff’s deputies were taking down license plates of cars still inside the park. “All we’re doing is identifying who was in the park, trying to find out if we have any witnesses with information,” There was no threat to public safety, according to Rochester Police Capt. Mark Wiater.

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