ROCHESTER, NY-Rochester Police are continuing their search for a suspect who shot an officer in the city's northeast quadrant Saturday night.
The shooting occurred at 10:43 p.m. on North Street near Clifford Avenue. Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli said the officer, identified as Officer Jeremy Nash, 36, suffered gunshot wounds near the face. He was taken to Rochester General Hospital were he remained in stable condition Sunday morning. The injuries were described as "serious" but not life threatening.
Nash, an 11-year veteran of the department, is an officer in the Clinton Section.
At a briefing on Sunday morning, Ciminelli offered few details about the circumstances of the incident other than to say officers were responding to an unrelated 911 call nearby when the shooting occurred.
He said Nash was alert and able to talk to investigators about what happened. Ciminelli said investigators also had received excellent cooperation from witnesses in the neighborhood.
Asked whether he thought the shooting may have been the result of an ambush, Ciminelli said they were investigating the possibility that Nash was targeted because he was a police officer."Under the circumstances, it's certainly something we have to take into consideration as we conduct our investigation," he said. "At this point I'm going to put my personal beliefs aside and we're going to look for evidence and facts and we'll go wherever it leads us."
Ciminelli declined to say whether the incident was captured by any body-worn cameras.
The Rochester police tactical unit led the search for a suspect that started Saturday night and lasted into the morning hours. Police closed down a wide portion of the area, and some roads remained closed Sunday as technicians continued to gather evidence.The RPD was assisted by "every agency in the county," Ciminelli said, including local police departments, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, and New York State Police.
Police did not release a description of the suspect but asked anyone with information about the crime to call 911 or call Crime Stoppers at (585) 423-9300.