ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WIVB/WROC) — Police say that a man wanted by numerous law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Marshals Service, died after his weapon went off during a struggle with officers in Rochester. He was wanted for a warrant out of Wayne County on a second-degree assault charge involving a child.
He was identified Thursday as 24-year-old Dedrick James. On Wednesday morning, members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force—which also includes state police, Rochester police, and members of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office—tried to serve an arrest warrant on Vinewood Place.
Police say that when they encountered James, he tried to retreat into a residence. While the officers attempted to apprehend James, they say he produced a handgun. One round was fired and it struck him in the upper body, according to state police.
Although lifesaving techniques were attempted, James died at the scene. Police say that no shots were fired by officers during the incident.
Police also say there was one other person at the residence at the time of the incident, and the victim’s family has been notified. The New York Attorney General’s Office was reportedly notified and is working with state police and the Rochester Police Department as the investigation continues.