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Rochester police say officers shot at suspects in car after driver tried to hit them

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Rochester Police are releasing more details about an officer-involved shooting that took place early Wednesday morning in the 600 block of Dewey Avenue.

Interim Police Chief David Smith said that a citizen alerted them about two armed males in a vehicle.

When police found the car and began a traffic stop, Smith said the driver accelerated directly at officers twice, and three officers fired at the car, hitting the driver twice.

After a vehicle chase, the car crashed at Otis and Myrtle streets, and the suspects were taken into custody.

Smith told reporters that this is the third time this month that someone has tried to harm police officers.

"This is what, the third in three weeks? Remington, Avenue D and now this,” Smith said. “Unfortunately, this appears to be the cost of doing business trying to get these guns off the street."

Smith said that when police took the driver into custody, they gave him first aid.

Police said the driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The passenger had a hand injury but refused treatment. The officers were not injured.

The chief said a gun and some drugs were confiscated.

The passenger has been identified as 22-year-old Joshua Cruz-Goebel, who faces charges that include criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

RPD says that Cruz-Goebel had a loaded 9mm handgun and a substantial amount of cocaine and methamphetamine packaged for street sale. The driver of the car remains hospitalized and charges against him have not yet been filed.

Alex Crichton is host of All Things Considered on WXXI-FM 105.9/AM 1370. Alex delivers local news, weather and traffic reports beginning at 4 p.m. each weekday.
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