RPD officers fight with suspect over gun before drug bust nearby

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Rochester police officers responding to a neighbor’s complaint Wednesday evening ended up in a physical altercation with a suspect over a gun, and then discovered a drug stash.

Officers responded to Weyl Street around 6:30 p.m. after frequent neighbors’ complaints about drug dealers.

According to Rochester Police Department officials, the officers approached a group of people and asked for ID. At that time, one of the men reached into a satchel and pulled out a loaded gun and the officers began to fight with the suspect over the weapon.

Police say during the fight, the gun was knocked to the ground, and the suspect was able to reach for the gun, and they again began to fight over it. The officers were ultimately able to gain possession of the weapon and take the suspect into custody. 

Both officers are currently being treated for injuries sustained during the confrontation with the armed suspect. The injuries at this time are believed to be minor. The suspect was also transported to the hospital for the complaint of trouble breathing, according to RPD officials.

Police say during the fight over the gun, another individual initially with the suspect attempted to interfere with the arrest. They ultimately fled prior to back up officers arrived on the scene. 

After the fight and arrest, officers checked an apparent vacant property adjacent to where the suspect was. Inside was a large amount of marijuana packaged for street sale, cash and ammunition, according to police.

As a result of the incident and investigation, 26-year-old Treiquan Hawkins was arrested and charged with second and third degree criminal possession of a weapon, menacing of a police officer, two counts of second degree assault on a police officer, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Hawkins was brought to a hospital to be evaluated, he was then discharged with no injuries and then the criminal charges were lodged against him. He was scheduled to be arraigned in Rochester City Court Thursday, but it was postponed until Friday.

Hawkins was previously convicted of second degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon in January, 2013.

The officers injured in the altercation were treated and released.

As of Thursday morning, no other individuals had been arrested in connection to the search and seizure of cash, drugs, and weapons in the house nearby, but police officials say their investigation is still very active and it is “likely” that additional arrests will be made.

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