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Man Charged After Allegedly Pointing Gun at Officers in Pursuit

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Rochester: Man Charged After Allegedly Pointing Gun at Officers in Pursuit
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A Rochester man is in jail on charges related to an officer-involved shooting over the weekend. Davon Kendrick is facing two felony charges.

Davon Kendrick, 21, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon and menacing of a police officer.

Police say they were called to a large fight, possibly involving a man with a handgun, on Avenue B near St. Paul Street around 2:45 p.m. Saturday. When officers arrived, police say Kendrick ran from the scene and a foot chase ensued.

"He ran for an extended period of time, where in the area of Huntington Park and Harris Street, he did turn on the officers and they saw the weapon," said Chief James Sheppard of the Rochester Police Department.

One of the officers, Sam Ognibene, did fire twice. The subject at the point in time did drop the weapon and continued to run and he proceeded all the way to Harris and Clifford Avenue, where he was taken into custody."

Sheppard says Kendrick was not hit. Officers recovered a 9mm handgun in the vicinity of 100 Huntington Park.

Saturday's shooting was the second involving a Rochester police officer in 26 days. Timothy Powell was shot and wounded by officers after threatening them with a knife and bottle of bleach on January 29th. A grand jury indicted Powell on two counts of assault in the second degree.

In both instances, Sheppard says officers did what they were trained to do.

"We have a responsibility to interact. In the scenario where the individual ran and had a gun, it was very important for us to make that apprehension, because if we didn't make it today that same scenario could have developed later that same day or later in the week."

Chief Sheppard says often times when someone engages police with a weapon, that weapon ends up being illegal.

Police say many of the guns they encounter on the streets are obtained in burglaries committed in the city of Rochester, Monroe County, or one of the surrounding counties.

"A lot of our guns that we do seize we find out that even the homeowner isn't aware that they've been taken out of their home because either someone that lives with them has taken that gun and traded it in for contraband, or it's a burglary and they didn't note the fact that was taken as well as something else," said Sheppard.

Kendrick is being held in the Monroe County Jail.

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