Rochester, NY – Rochester police released bodycam video on Tuesday of a gunfight inside a Family Dollar store that left an armed robber dead (video below).
Rochester Police Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan released a video briefing of the incident on Oct. 12, one day before her resignation as the city’s top cop went into effect, WROC reported.
“It’s always been my goal to be as transparent as possible with the public and to share as much information as we can while keeping in mind that we have to respect the evidentiary value in certain instances,” Chief Herriott-Sullivan said in the video release.
The police chief said the incident began when the city’s 911 call center received a hang-up call at about 9:32 p.m. on Oct. 6.
The 911 operator called back the number and spoke with an employee of the Family Dollar store located in the 700-block of West Main Street in Rochester, WROC reported.
“We’re getting robbed,” the employee told the 911 operator. “There is a male holding the store manager at gunpoint.”
Police said the employee gave a description of the armed robbery suspect as a black man in a blue hoodie and a mask, WROC reported.
The bodycam showed that when officers entered the Family Dollar store moments later, one of them asked if anyone in the store had a gun.
Then the officers spotted the suspect in the blue hoodie behind the counter with both of his hands in the front pocket of his sweatshirt, the video showed.
“Let me see your hands,” the officer told the suspect. “Get out of your pocket, get your hands out of your pocket.”
The video showed that the suspect – later identified as 24-year-old Simran Gordon – ignored the officer’s commands and fled through the store and down an aisle.
The officer chased Gordon and the video showed he managed to grab the suspect’s arm for a split second.
But then Gordon fired a shot at the officer through a paper bag in which he’d hidden his handgun and the officer returned fire, according to police.
In the video, another shot is heard two seconds later.
Bodycam video showed the backup officer had run down the parallel aisle in the store and encountered Gordon at the end where he’d fallen, the handgun he’d just fired through a paper bag still in his hand and pointed at the officer, the video showed.
Police said the backup officer fired one shot at the armed suspect, WROC reported.
Both officers repeatedly ordered Gordon to drop his weapon he failed to comply, but then the video showed the backup officer was able to kick the handgun out of the suspect’s reach.
Gordon was killed in the shootout, WROC reported.
Chief Herriott-Sullivan addressed criticism that officers hadn’t moved quickly enough to render aid to the wounded suspect despite having called for an ambulance within 30 seconds of the shooting.
“The officers did not initially render first aid to Mr. Gordon because they had to ensure there were no other suspects in the store or at the scene for everyone’s safety,” the police chief explained. “Our condolences go out to the family of Mr. Gordon.”
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content and Obscene Language: