One shot fired following police chase on Monroe Avenue

One shot fired following police chase on Monroe Avenue


By Jordan Mazza

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — New York State police are releasing more information on last night’s police chase that ended in gunfire.

They’re releasing the name of the suspect, 38-year-old Jerry Ferguson of Rochester.

State police major Rick Allen says it began when police attempted to stop Ferguson’s vehicle in the Joseph Avenue area for speeding and no headlights.

He says Ferguson refused to stop, leading to a car chase through Rochester until Ferguson stopped in a parking lot and fled on foot.

Troopers and a state police canine caught up to Ferguson near Woodlawn Street.

They say the canine bit Ferguson, and the officer discharged one round of gunfire without hitting anyone.

A statement from police incidates the round hit a building 15 feet above the pavement.

Police say it’s too early in the investigation to know why the officer fired his gun.

Ferguson was treated at Strong Hospital for the dog bite and minor injuries.

State police are not yet releasing the officer’s name.