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State Police release cause of death for the victim and a 'person of interest' after homicide investigation into the death of a 911 dispatcher


State Police are releasing more information about a homicide investigation that involved a Rochester police sergeant.

On Tuesday, police said that 35-year old Janet Jordan of the city died from a gunshot wound, and the individual called a 'person of interest' in the incident, Rochester Police Sgt. Melvyn Williams, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Jordan was found dead on Monday morning, inside a residence on Wetmore Park. She worked as a 911 operator.

State Police say that through the investigation, they determined the 43-year-old Williams, from Henrietta was a person of interest in the case.

Williams, a sergeant with 14 years of service in the RPD, was later found dead inside a vehicle at Veterans Memorial Park in Henrietta.

Mayor Malik Evans released a statement late Monday afternoon saying that Jordan, who had worked in the city’s Emergency Communications Department for more than 11 years, was also an instructor in the city’s Pathways to Public Safety Program, and Evans said she was, “a beloved and respected colleague.”

The mayor said that he has made grief counselors and mental health services available to all city employees.

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.