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RPD says suspect shot and killed during apparent robbery at a Family Dollar store

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Rochester Police say one person is dead after shots were exchanged with police Wednesday night at a Family Dollar store on West Main Street.

Interim Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan says it happened around 9:30 p.m. when police walked into what apparently was a robbery in progress.

She says one person is dead, and neither of the 2 officers who responded were injured.

Herriott-Sullivan also says there were some customers and employees in the store at the time, but none of them were injured.

Video from cameras in the store as well as the officers’ body-worn cameras is being reviewed.

Since the death involved an encounter with police, the New York State Attorney General’s office will investigate the incident.

“Chief Herriott-Sullivan has assured me that the Rochester Police Department will cooperate fully with the Attorney General’s investigation into this incident," Mayor Lovely Warren said in a statement Thursday. "In addition, I have urged her to review, redact and release all related Body Worn Camera footage as soon as possible. The Chief has stated that she will do so. I am grateful that no one else, including our officers, was injured.”

The death marks the fourth person to be killed in altercations with law enforcement in Rochester in 2021. In March, Tyshon Jones was shot five times by Officer Matthew Drake outside of the Open Door Mission on West Main Street.

Jones, who was mentally ill, was wielding a large kitchen knife and, in body-worn camera footage, can be heard saying he was going to kill Drake for Jesus and repeatedly asking to be shot.

In May, Mark Gaskill was killed after an officer with the Rochester Police Department allegedly saw Gaskill "brandishing" a handgun in the backseat of a vehicle which was pulled over following a ShotSpotter alert.

And in September, Dedrick James died when the U.S. Marshals' Fugitive Task Force served a warrant for his arrest on Vinewood Place. James allegedly died during a physical struggle with marshals in which a shot from his own gun hit himself.

Gino Fanelli is a CITY staff writer. He can be reached at (585) 775-9692 or Randy Gorbman is WXXI's news director.