• Man Shot Dead by Police Officers on Locust Street (via YNN)

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    Updated: 8:02 AM

     

    Rochester mayor Tom Richards and Chief James Sheppard of the Rochester Police Department provided details on the police-involved shooting that occurred Thursday morning on Locust Street.

    “It’s not talking the truth. Everyone saw what happened in the street, and they sent seven police men to him. Why seven? You think’s that’s not abuse? You’re overpowering people,” said Joel Fuentas, Andino’s stepfather.

     Fuentas, who raised him since he was two-years-old, says Israel Andino was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He says the 20-year-old did not take his medication that morning, which wasn’t uncommon, but he says Andino has never attacked his family members before. Fuentas says Andino’s mother, Carmen Baez, told police numerous times that her son was bipolar and not fully aware of his actions. “You gave him no escape. You know you’re going to die if seven policemen shoot you in the chest,” he said.

    Around 7:15 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to 72 Locust Street after Andino called 911 saying he had stabbed his mother and planned to shoot others in the neighborhood. As officers approached the home, they found his mother bleeding from the head and she pointed out her son. Sheppard said Andino was carrying a loaded shotgun, not a BB gun, as earlier reported by witnesses. “Near 103 Locust Street, this individual fired a round at the officers and this individual returned fire,” Sheppard said.

    Witnesses tell us Andino never fired a shot. They say he only turned away and backed towards officers, which could be perceived as a threat. “He went like this, like this, and pointed it at police and that’s when they shot him, more than like fifteen shots.” Another witness said Andino told officers quote “it’s not a gun, it’s not even loaded.”

    “During the officer’s initial engagement they tried a less lethal option; a tazer. This was ineffective,” said Sheppard.

    Witnesses continue to run through the events looking for a different outcome. “I’m pretty sure if he only let me talk to the kid, he would be alive now,”

    “The relevant question that will be investigated is what was reasonable under the circumstances as they were confronted with clearly deadly force,” said Mayor Richards.

    Andino’s mother was treated at the hospital for stab wounds to the head. She has since been discharged. His stepfather says he doesn’t know what sparked the altercation between Andino and his mother that morning. While there are still unanswered questions, what police, witnesses, and Andino’s family can agree on is that this is a terrible tragedy for a 20-year-old young man to die on his birthday.

    The mayor and police chief say seven veteran police officers were confronted with a deadly situation Thursday morning, and were justified in the shooting death of a young man on Locust Street. According to Chief James Sheppard of the Rochester Police Department, officers responded to 72 Locust Street around 7:15 a.m. Thursday. Sheppard said a man called 911 and told the dispatcher he had stabbed his mother, and was going out on the street to shoot others.

    Officers found 72-year-old Carmen Baez on the porch with stab wounds to her head and neck. Police said Baez pointed out son, 20-year-old Israel Andino, as the person who stabbed her. According to police, Andino was armed with a long gun. Police said the gun was loaded with a deer slug. Sheppard said officers tried to diffuse the situation and get him to drop the weapon. Sheppard said that Andino walked down Locust Street to the corner of Emerson and Dewey, then walked back down the street. When in front of 103 Locust Street, Sheppard said Andino fired at the officers. The seven officers all returned fire.

    Rochester mayor Tom Richards said that this was a domestic situation that escalated and put officers in danger, and the incident is not indicative of any trend in violence in Rochester.

     “Even though I wasn’t there, as the mayor of the city, if officers of this police force are fired upon with deadly force, I expect them to defend themselves. It’s a tragedy for them just as it is this individual, but that is what things like this lead to,” Richards said.

    Police said that officers attempted to use a taser on Andino beforehand, but it was not effective, and the officers were correct in their actions when faced with a deadly situation. The officers; Sgt. Aaron Colletti, Sgt. Mike Nicholls, Officer Antonio Gonzalez, Officer Brian Cala, Officer Greg Karnes, Officer Onasis Socol, and Officer Eluid Rodriguez, have a combined 98-years experience on the force.

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