Police chase, shootout in Rochester leads to murder charge for man in death of girlfriend’s son

Crime

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Two people were arrested Thursday, one of them a murder suspect, after a shootout with police during a car chase in the City of Rochester.

According to police, officers on the RPD Tactical Unit attempted to stop a car on Avenue D shortly before p.m. Thursday afternoon. Those officers were investigating a fatal shooting which happened Wednesday on Lamont Place, in which 19-year old Christian Santiago was killed.

Police said they gave chase when the car sped away. During the chase, they said 36-year-old Nicholas DeLeon, the front seat passenger, leaned out the window and fired a handgun at officers at least twice. The officer in the passenger seat of the patrol car fired at least one round in return. Investigators say DeLeon then threw the handgun from the car.

According to Rochester police, DeLeon was the boyfriend of Santiago’s mother.

The driver and passenger of the suspect vehicle were arrested after their car stopped on Avenue D. DeLeon was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the Lamont Place shooting. He was also charged with two counts of attempted aggravated murder of a police officer and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the chase and shooting Thursday.

The driver, who police said was a relative of DeLeon, was not charged.

No one was injured in the shootout. Police say any officer directly involved will be assigned to administrative duties pending an investigation.


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