Ithaca, N.Y. — A Rochester police officer was shot and killed while investigating a burglary Wednesday night, according to multiple reports.

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle says:

“The officer, whose identity is not being released, is the first member of the Rochester Police Department to be shot and killed in the line of duty since Patrolman Harold V. Shaw on Dec. 11, 1959. Shaw, 36, was killed inside the former J. H. Rae Oil Co. while investigating a burglary.

Two other people with gunshot wounds were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment from the Hudson Avenue and Baumann Street area, according to a Rural/Metro Medical Services spokesperson. Their condition was not immediately available.

As shock at the tragedy sweeps across the region, local police departments in the Ithaca region have expressed their sorrow.

Click here for the full Rochester Democrat and Chronicle coverage of the shooting death.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.