29-Year Veteran Of Rochester Police Department Is Ambushed And Killed

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A suspect has been arrested in an “ambush” shooting that left one police officer dead and one wounded in Rochester, New York. A 15-year-old girl was grazed by one of the bullets fired into a nearby home.

A 21-year-old man was arrested in connection with the shooting of two police officers, who were sitting in an unmarked police vehicle when the suspect approached from behind the car and fired 17 rounds at the officers. The suspect ran away but was later found with a 9mm handgun.

Rochester Police Chief David Smith identified the slain officer Friday as Anthony Mazurkiewicz, a 29-year member of the department.

“Last night, Officer Mazurkiewicz and his partner, Officer Sino Seng, were attacked in a cowardly ambush and fell victim to the very violence in our community that we are trying to combat,” Smith said at a press briefing Friday morning.

Mazurkiewicz was shot twice in the upper body; Smith said in a second briefing Friday evening. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. Seng was shot once in the lower body and was treated and released from a hospital.

Rochester Mayor Malik Evans declared a “gun violence state of emergency” after the officers were shot.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. Friend says slain Rochester Police officer was ‘built for this job’  13WHAM-TV
  2. Rochester Police Officer Killed, Another Wounded In ‘Ambush’ Attack  NBC News
  3. New York crime crisis: Rochester police officer killed in shooting, another injured  Fox News
  4. Former Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary weighs in on officer ambush  13WHAM-TV
  5. “No way to express the pain”: Rochester Locust Club responds to officer killing  News 8 WROC
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