ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Rochester police officers and Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies shot a man to death on Barrington Street in Rochester Monday.
According to the Rochester Police Department, the man, identified as 35-year-old Brendon Burns, was seen Monday morning driving a vehicle potentially linked to two other shootings and pulled out a “hunting-style” knife when confronted by officers around 1:00 p.m. Investigators say the man threatened deputies with the knife and ran.
The Rochester Police Department says Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies shot at least once as the man fled.
The RPD says officers and deputies chased Burns through yards, ultimately finding him in the backyard of a house on Barrington Street. They say he “displayed a shotgun towards” the officers and deputies, at which point Rochester police say he did not heed “numerous commands to drop the gun.”
Investigators say at that point both Rochester police officers and Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies shot Burns multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to investigators, he was linked to a shooting on Monroe Avenue around 10:00 p.m. Friday, when someone shot into an unoccupied business. Police say the vehicle used in that shooting was found on Milburn Street with two weapons inside.
Rochester police say there was a road rage shooting on Hemmingway Drive in Brighton around 7:00 a.m. Monday. They say a vehicle linked to that shooting was found at that same Milburn Street address.
Investigators say Rochester police and Brighton police attempted to pull the vehicle over when it left Milburn Street, but it fled. They abandoned the chase on I-590 “due to unsafe speeds and reckless driving.”
Officers watched the Milburn Street home until, they say, Burns arrived shortly before 1:00 p.m. It’s then that they say he pulled out the knife, setting off the immediate chain of events that would end in his death.
The New York State Attorney General’s Office is investigating. The RPD and MCSO are also conducting internal investigations to determine whether officers and deputies followed procedure, policy, guidelines, and training.
“My condolences are with the family and friends of the person who was shot and killed,” Rochester Mayor Malik Evans said in a statement released Monday evening. “I am thankful there were no other injuries during the dangerous events of today.”
“I want to express my gratitude to the men and women in law enforcement, who run toward danger to keep others safe.”
Francis Parker School No. 23 was put on lockout during the incident due to police activity. Police said they were working with the school on a dismissal procedure that would allow students to leave without crossing the shooting scene.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A man was fatally shot by police on Milburn Street Monday, according to the Rochester Police Department.
Investigators at the scene said police from multiple law enforcement agencies were searching for a man suspected to be involved in “incidents” within the City of Rochester and throughout Monroe County. They said police found the man outside a home on Milburn Street shortly before 1:00 p.m. Monday.
“When officers approached the male, at some point weapons were introduced, and shots were fired,” Rochester Police Lieutenant Greg Bello said. The suspect was shot and killed by police.
“We’re working to determine what role the weapon or weapons that the subject introduced and what role they played in this whole scenario,” Bello said, “so it’s too early to speculate.”
Bello said a criminal investigation into the incident would happen along with a separate internal investigation to determine whether officers followed procedure, policy, guidelines, and training.
Francis Parker School No. 23 was put on lockout due to police activity. Police said they were working with the school on a dismissal procedure that would allow students to leave without crossing the shooting scene.
The area will be shut down to traffic as police continue to investigate the incident.
Read the full RPD statement
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