Rochester, NY – A veteran Rochester police officer was murdered and a second officer and a bystander were wounded after a gunman walked up to the officers and abruptly opened fire on them on Thursday night, according to police.
The brazen attack occurred while Rochester Police Department (RPD) Officer Anthony Mazurkiewicz and his partner, Officer Sino Seng, were out on patrol on Bauman Street shortly after 9:15 p.m. on July 21, WROC reported.
Both officers were wounded in the ambush, as well as a female civilian who happened to be nearby.
The gunman fled the scene and has not been apprehended.
All three shooting victims were rushed to local hospitals, WROC reported.
Officer Seng, an eight-year veteran of the RPD, was shot in the lower body, RPD Chief David Smith told reporters on Friday morning.
He was treated at Rochester General Hospital and was later released to continue his recovery at home with his wife and children.
The female civilian’s wounds were believed to be non-life threatening, and she remained hospitalized the morning after the attack.
Officer Mazurkiewicz, a 29-year veteran of the RPD, died at the hospital from at least one gunshot wound to the upper body, according to WHAM.
Chief Smith struggled to hold back tears as he addressed the media on Friday morning, WROC reported.
“Yesterday morning, at 11am, I was asked by the media, ‘how dangerous is it out there for the Officers of the Rochester Police Department?’” he recalled. “My response was that every day, the men and women of this department leave home, not knowing if they are going to return home at the end of their shift.”
“Ten hours later, Officer Anthony Mazurkiewicz, a father, a husband, and a 29-year veteran of the Rochester Police Department, was killed in the line of duty on Bauman Street while in service to our community,” the emotional chief said.
Chief Smith characterized the shooting as a “cowardly ambush.”
The manhunt for the cop-killer remained ongoing on Friday.
“We will do everything we can to bring whoever is responsible for this heinous act to justice,” he said. “We cannot forget that despite this horrific loss to our family, the men and women are battling for our lives right now as we speak.”
The ambush attack occurred just hours after Rochester Mayor Malik Evans declared a state of emergency due to gun violence within the city of Rochester, WHAM reported.
“I am angry and upset because all too often we are seeing over and over again blatant disregard for life,” Evans said in the wake of Thursday night’s shooting, “be it an old lady sitting on her porch or a 10-year-old girl braiding her mother’s hair and now an officer, in the line of duty working to keep our city safe.”
The mayor praised the RPD officers who are continuing to protect and serve despite what happened to their fellow officers, WHAM reported.
Evans said the ambush is a tragedy for the entire city.
“I’m asking Rochester to pray for these officers and their families. They go out every day and put their lives on the line,” he continued. “And while there are some people who sit on the sidelines, these guys are on the front lines, trying to keep our community safe. We ask for prayers for these officers, their families, the RPD and the entire city of Rochester.”
He noted that Officer Mazurkiewicz was eligible for retirement and didn’t need to still be out on the streets, but that he chose to protect and serve anyway.
“He didn’t want folks in our neighborhoods to be held hostage to the very cowards that are wreaking havoc in our community,” he said.
The mayor urged anyone with any information about the attack to come forward.
“Anyone that saw anything, you need to speak up. Now is your time to speak up,” Evans implored. “It was Tony Mazurkiewicz but it can be any of us in this room tomorrow. This is a clarion call for this community to speak up.”
The man @RochesterNYPD and all of Rochester lost. Tony Mazurkiewicz, an undercover cop friends called a “character” shot and killed last night. Praying for his wife Lynn and their family. 29 year veteran of the @RochesterNYPD @SPECNews1ROC pic.twitter.com/Uoe0fkzzM2
— Jim Aroune (@JimAroune) July 22, 2022
BREAKING: Tonight two Rochester police officers were shot on Baumann Street. There are hundreds of officers at the scene and other nearby citizens wounded. “Officer down,
officer down” is what was heard over the police scanner after the officers were shot. pic.twitter.com/HSrp79HBZO
— Geoffery Rogers (@GeofferyRogers) July 22, 2022
Right now two hospitals are on lockdown. After Two officers were shot as it’s currently being secured by SWAT team. No 911 calls in Rochester are being responded to due to lockdown of both locations pic.twitter.com/q1hAseuB2W
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) July 22, 2022
Mayor Evans released a statement on the tragic incident that unfolded tonight in Rochester where two police officers were shot. pic.twitter.com/bKm9nJhYOD
— news10nbc (@news10nbc) July 22, 2022
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