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


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.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren released this statement on Thursday morning:

“Chief Herriott-Sullivan has assured me that the Rochester Police Department will cooperate fully with the Attorney General’s investigation into this incident. 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.”

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.