ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Two men are in custody as a result of an overnight officer-involved shooting on Dewey Avenue Wednesday.

“For the third time this month, someone has placed the safety of our officers in jeopardy by trying to harm them,” said Interim Rochester Police Chief David Smith during a morning press conference.

Authorities say officers were led to the 600 block of Dewey Avenue just before midnight following a resident report of two armed males in a suspicious vehicle.

Officers say once they conducted a traffic stop, the driver of the suspect vehicle accelerated in reverse into a line of officers. In response, three of the officers present fired gunshots at the driver, striking him twice. The man behind the wheel fled the scene and crashed the vehicle on Otis Street, according to police.

Two males were eventually placed in custody following a short foot chase. At that point, officials say officers on scene made use of a medical tourniquet on one of the suspects.

The passenger in the vehicle was identified by officers as 22-year-old Joshua E. Cruz-Goebel. Investigators said at the time of the vehicle stop, Goebel was in possession of a loaded 9mm handgun, as well as cocaine and meth that were packaged for street sale.

Officers said Goebel is prohibited from possessing a handgun due to a prior conviction of possession of a weapon. Goebel was arrested for possessing a loaded handgun at a traffic stop in 2017, pled guilty to criminal possession of a weapon in March 2019, and was arrested for attempting to shoot a man on Hague Street while on probation.

No officers were injured during the incident. Investigators say one of the suspects was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, while Cruz-Goebel refused treatment for a hand injury.

“This is the cost of doing business, trying to get guns off our streets,” Smith said. “Despite the persistence dangers they face, our officers continue to risk their lives to make this community a safer place.”

The incident follows the attempted murder of a Rochester police officer on the city’s northeast side six days prior to Wednesday’s shooting.

At the time, the chief said it was “frustrating and heartbreaking” that an officer was shot at again, not far from a similar situation on Remington Street in April.

According to the RPD, nearly 100% of Rochester’s shooting incidents are happening on 11% of the city’s street segments. 

“This is a classic example of the help we need at this time from the community,” Smith said. “From this help out officers were able to get these suspects in custody and get a gun off our street.”

Cruz-Goebel has been charged with second and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminal use of drug paraphernalia. Goebel will be arraigned in Rochester City Court on May 26, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.

Officials have yet to identify the other suspect involved and officials said charges have not yet been lodged against him.

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