ROCHESTER, NY. (WROC) — A parole violator was shot by an officer with the U.S. Marshals task force Friday in Rochester.
Members with the task force — consisting of officers from the Rochester Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police and U.S. Marshals — responded to 107 Fairbanks Street in Rochester around 11:15 a.m. Friday in search of 37-year-old Joshua Bennett who skipped parole on a burglary charge.
Once on scene, officers attempted to arrest the violator. They say Bennett made his way into the adjoining house and tried to hide in the basement.
“Prior to making entry into 105 Fairbanks Street, officers attempted to taser the suspect, but were unsuccessful,” New York State Police officials said in a statement. “The suspect then gained entry into 105 Fairbanks Street and held a female resident against her will, while holding a butcher knife against her back.”
Police say Bennett, still armed himself with a butcher’s knife, made an “aggressive movement” toward the officers with the knife.
A New York State Trooper then Bennett with one round in the shoulder area.
Police officials say the officer was “fearful for his life” when he shot Bennett.
“Our officer felt he was threatened and he used deadly physical force,” Maj. Barry Chase of the New York State Police said. “Anybody that’s on a warrant, they’re usually dangerous people, so anybody that’s wanted like that, we’re going to try to arrest somebody on a warrant and we consider them dangerous.”
Bennett was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital and is currently in guarded condition.
Officials say New York State Police is the lead investigative agency on this case.
AU.S. Marshal on the scene said the large police response wasn’t unusual for this type of situation.
“This is a common occurrence,” he said. “The task force makes over 400 arrests per year removing violent offenders, so it’s very common for us to be out here in a group.”
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