Update on officer-involved shooting on Merrimac Street

Posted at: 10/14/2013 12:08 PM
Updated at: 10/14/2013 6:56 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

There is new information about Sunday night's shooting involving a Rochester Police Officer.

Rochester Police have released the name of the man who was shot.

Police say 20-year-old Tyshawn Johnson was shot by Cody Goodfriend, a 26-year-old police officer, around 8 p.m. Sunday night. It happened on Merrimac Street in the area of Portland Avenue and Bay Street behind the David Gantt Community Center.

Johnson is charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

Monday afternoon News10NBC questioned the Police Chief about what his officer did and whether or not the shooting was justified.

Right now there is an internal investigation into what happened Sunday night, but Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard says that is protocol and he stands by what his officers did.

Here's what happened. News10NBC is told a store owner called police about two men and when two RPD officers got there they frisked Tyshawn Johnson and another man, and that's when they found that Johnson was concealing a sawed-off shotgun.   

Police say Johnson broke away from them and ran.

Chief Sheppard tells News10NBC it wasn't until Johnson turned back and flashed his weapon that the officer fired. He was shot in the back hip area, but the Chief says don't raw conclusions with the fact he was shot in the back.

“I think do to the fact that he was armed and that he was running from us and he wasn't running backwards and based on the fact that he possessed it and did display it, and again we are in our preliminary stages. I don't want to jump to conclusions myself, but based on the circumstances, it is very likely to occur in that matter,” said Chief Sheppard.

Police say neither officer was injured.

Chief Sheppard said the officers will be placed on administrative duty, which he says is normal procedure when they are involved in an incident like this.

News10NBC is told Johnson's injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. He remains in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital.