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Retired Rochester Police Officer Fatally Shot At Crash Scene

Rochester, NY – Police responded to a report of a crash early Sunday morning and arrived to discover that a retired Rochester police officer had been fatally shot.

The incident occurred near the intersection of Iceland Street and Jefferson Avenue at approximately 2 a.m. on Sept. 25, the Democrat & Chronicle reported.

Officers received a report of a car crash and responded to find a vehicle that had crashed into an unoccupied parked car on the west side of the street.

Inside the other car, they discovered retired Rochester Police Department (RPD) Officer William Booker suffering from at least one gunshot wound to his upper body, according to police.

RPD Captain Frank Umbrino said Booker, 50, was rushed to Strong Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the Democrat & Chronicle reported.

Investigators were working to determine whether Booker was shot before or after the crash.

The investigation into the fatal shooting remained ongoing.

The motive for the fatal shooting was not immediately known and no suspects were identified, WROC reported.

RPD Lieutenant Greg Bello said Booker served the RPD for 21 years prior to retiring in 2017, the Democrat & Chronicle reported.

He spent nearly 10 years during the later portion of his career serving as a Rochester City School District school resource officer, Lt. Bello said.

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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