Teen grazed in officer-involved shooting in Rochester


New video shows the moments when a Rochester police officer fired shots at a teen suspect during an incident Thursday afternoon on Jay Street.

Police say the suspect, a 15-year-old boy, was driving a stolen vehicle and drove it towards an officer during the confrontation that happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Investigators say it all began when police spotted the stolen vehicle in the area of Maple and Saxton streets.

When police tried to pull over the vehicle, they say the driver drove away and officers, following protocol, did not pursue it, but rather continued to search the area.

The vehicle was spotted moments later in a parking lot at Jay and West Broad streets. At that time, two police officers approached the vehicle and ordered the driver to stop. Instead, police say the teen drove towards the officer, nearly running the officer over.

At that point, the officer was able to get out of the way and opened fire, firing five shots. The vehicle came to a stop at the intersection of Jay and West Broad after striking another vehicle.

Cell phone video sent to News 8 and surveillance videos from a nearby business show the moments the officer opened fire. The cell phone video (which appears to be flipped horizontally making it look like a mirror image) shows the officer backing away and firing shots while an uninvolved driver watches.

The surveillance video shows a wider view of the shooting with the vehicle moving towards the officer and the officer firing shots.

The teen, who wasn’t identified, is now facing charges of grand larceny and reckless endangerment. He was arraigned in Family Court.

The officer involved has been placed on administrative duties until the investigation is complete.

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