Trooper fires gun in Rochester after suspect hits K-9, state police say

Jerry Ferguson 

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A trooper fired his gun Wednesday when a man who was fleeing from arrest hit a police dog in Rochester, state police said.

The bullet fired during the chase did not hit anyone, said the New York State Police. Troopers said Jerry Ferguson — the suspect who led police on a car and foot chase — was arrested.

The incident started around 9:55 p.m. when the Rochester Police Department tried to stop a car.

Police tried to pull over Ferguson for driving without headlights on Joseph Avenue, State Police Major Richard Allen told the Democrat & Chronicle. Ferguson refused to pull over, troopers said.

When Ferguson fled from police, state police joined the chase, troopers said. A trooper eventually led the pursuit, troopers said.

Ferguson pulled into a parking lot on Meigs Street and ditched his car, troopers said. A trooper and a state police K-9 ran after Ferguson — eventually catching up to the suspect at 58 Woodlawn Street, troopers said.

The K-9 bit Ferguson, troopers said. When Ferguson hit the dog and resisted arrest, the K-9’s handler fired his gun, troopers said.

The gunshot lodged 15 feet above the pavement in a nearby building, troopers said.

Ferguson was arrested. After he was treated at Strong Memorial Hospital for the dog bite, he was transported to the Monroe County Jail.

Ferguson was charged with resisting arrest, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. He was also ticketed for vehicle and traffic infractions.

The investigation remains open, troopers said.

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