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Officer-Involved Shooting in Downtown Rochester

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Rochester: Officer-Involved Shooting in Downtown Rochester
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An internal investigation is underway after a Rochester police officer shot a man inside a downtown apartment building on State Street. It happened as officers were called in to diffuse a tense situation.

It began with a court marshal attempting to evict a tenant. Things elevated quickly, and Rochester police officers responded.

"At that point in time, they assisted the court marshal. They were having contact with one of the tenants here, at which times officers fired several rounds at a suspect inside the house," said Sgt. Justin Collins of the Rochester Police Department.

Police say the unnamed man used bleach in the incident with officers. He was was taken by ambulance, for treatment of a gunshot wound.

Four officers were also injured in the scuffle.

The shooting happened inside Cooper Union, a building full of transitional housing apartments.

The VOA is the landlord for the facility. We're told the suspect was being evicted because he didn't pay his rent.

"You can look around the country. Anytime anyone's losing their home, there's going to be some issues. They're not going to want to lose their home," Collins said.

"We do know none of our staff have been hurt," said Doug Stark, Chief Operating Officer of VOA.

Several VOA staffers were in the building at the time of the shooting. Stark couldn't say how long the suspect had lived there.

"We had some quick calls. We had an idea the eviction was happening. Beyond that, I'm still learning myself," Stark said.

The incident closed State Street for about an hour and a half.

As with any shooting involving an officer, Rochester Police will conduct an internal investigation.

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