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Police Fatally Shoot Man During Rochester Traffic Stop

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A man was fatally shot by Rochester police early Friday after officers pulled a vehicle over as part of a separate shooting investigation, according to police.

The unidentified man was shot at about 4:30 a.m. on Glasser Street after officers pulled over a vehicle that had been seen on cameras leaving nearby Lyell Avenue shortly after a gunfire-detection system activated there, Police Capt. Mark Mura told reporters.

"Our officer pulled up behind the vehicle, made a traffic stop of the vehicle, and a short time later, shots were fired," he said.

Police said in a release that one of the occupants refused to exit the vehicle and that police noticed the subject had a handgun. One or more officers fired into the vehicle during an unspecified "interaction." The man, described as being in his 20s, died at the scene.

No officers were injured.

Mura said he couldn't yet confirm how many officers fired. He said shell casings were recovered on Lyell Avenue, but he couldn't say for sure whether anyone in the car fired shots.

Rochester police have been under scrutiny in recent months over the March 2020 death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who perished after officers put a mesh hood over his head and held him to the ground until he stopped breathing. 

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

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