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Mother Calls Man Shot by Rochester Police a Good Son, Father

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A man  killed by Rochester police officers  who were trying to arrest him was "a good son, impeccable father, awesome brother and loyal friend," his mother told the Democrat and Chronicle. 

Telena Banks told the newspaper that she could not talk about the criminal charges that led to the fatal shooting of her son, Timothy Flowers, because she has not received any information from the police.

"Right now we're just trying to handle our business, process what is going on and get some facts, because there are none," she said. 

Flowers was shot shortly after 9 p.m. Friday. Rochester police said he was wanted for attempted murder and other charges and they had been tracking him for several hours, waiting for a moment to arrest him.

Police said that when officers confronted him, Flowers ran from them and then turned and fired a gun, piercing an officer's clothing but not striking him. Officers shot Flowers four or five times. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Flowers' identity was not initially released by police. His mother said Flowers was the father of two daughters.

Rochester police have been under scrutiny over the March 2020 death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died after officers put a mesh hood over his head and held him to the ground.

A grand jury rejected criminally negligent homicide charges against three officers.

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