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Trooper fires shot during foot chase in Rochester

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The heavy police presence in the area of Monroe Avenue and Woodlawn Street in Rochester overnight came after a New York State Trooper fired his gun while pursuing a suspect. 

At approximately 9:55 p.m. on Wednesday, State Police assisted the Rochester Police Department with a vehicle pursuit. According to Major Rick Allen, one of troopers eventually became the lead car in the pursuit. 

The suspect, 38-year-old Jerry Ferguson, failed to pull over and continued to flee. Ferguson then pulled into a parking lot on Meigs Street and fled on foot.

Troopers and a Trooper K-9 unit chased and caught up to Ferguson at on Woodlawn Street where the K-9 engaged and bit Ferguson.

Ferguson continued to resist and struck the K-9, the Trooper drew his gun and discharged his weapon. The round struck the building approximately 15 feet above the pavement.  

“The guy’s hand was in his pocket,” Major Rick Allen said. “He may have seen something, thought he was coming out with something in his hand. Split second decisions on some of these cases. It’s tough right now to say what he did or didn’t see, or what might have happened here.”

No one was injured as a result of the discharge.

Ferguson was taken into custody and taken to Strong Hospital for injuries he sustained while resisting arrest including a dog bite on his leg and cuts and scrapes on the back of his head. He was released from the hospital and sent to the Monroe County Jail.

Ferguson is charged with unlawful fleeing, resisting arrest, aggravated unlicensed operation, and numerous vehicle and traffic violations.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing. 

News 8 will provide more information as it becomes available. 

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