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State Trooper fires gun during a Rochester arrest

Oct 12, 2017

Credit New York State Police

State Police are releasing more information about an incident that closed of a section on Monroe Avenue late Wednesday night.

Officials say that at about 10pm, troopers were assisting Rochester Police with a vehicle pursuit.  Authorities say the driver, later identified as 38 year old Jerry Ferguson, failed to pull over, and eventually pulled into a parking lot on Meigs Street and starting running.

Troopers and a police dog gave chase and caught up to Ferguson on Woodlawn Street where police say the dog bit Ferguson.  They say he continued to resist and struck the dog.  The K-9 handler then drew his gun and fired.  The round hit the building, but no people were hit by the shot.

Ferguson was taken into custody and taken to Strong Hospital for injuries he suffered during the incident. He was then released and committed to Monroe County Jail.

Ferguson faces charges that include unlawful fleeing, resisting arrest , aggravated unlicensed operations and various traffic charges.