RPD UPDATE: Suspect may NOT have been shot by officer


Rochester police say an officer fired a shot at a suspect while executing a search warrant.  The shooting happened Wednesday afternoon around 2:00 on 326 Scio Street.

According to police, as they were conducting their search, 47-year-old Michael Coleman confronted one of the officers in what police call a “threatening manner” with a long metal object.  In a Wednesday evening news conference, police announced that object was determined to be a mop handle.  The officer discharged one round of buckshot from a shotgun.  Coleman fell to the floor and was taken into custody without further incident.  He had a minor laceration to the tip of his left ring finger and was treated at Rochester General Hospital.   Police say the medical staff could not determine the cause of the injury.  

Police were executing a search warrant at the address after numerous complaints of drug sales at the house. During the search, they located crack cocaine, marijuana, and other drug paraphernalia. Coleman is facing multiple charges as a result of this investigation.

Police identified the officer involved as John Fiorica, a 22 year veteran of the department.  Per protocol, he’s been placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation.  He was not injured during the incident.  

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