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ShotSpotter activation leads to 3-hour standoff

August 21, 2015

Democrat & Chronicle

An investigation of a ShotSpotter activation shut down a portion of Driving Park Avenue in the city for roughly three hours on Thursday.

Police had responded about 8 a.m. Thursday for several shots fired in the area of 247 Driving Park Avenue and "learned there was a house where an individual was refusing to come out," said Investigator Jackie Shuman of the Rochester Police Department.

Police shut down Driving Park Avenue to traffic between Pierpont and Tacoma streets and had a home surrounded by uniformed officers as well as the police's SWAT team.

A crisis negotiations team was able to talk with the man and have him leave the residence without incident, Shuman said. Other family members, including children, also exited the building uninjured with police escort.

"The police took their time and that's why this worked out the way that it did," she said.

Around the same time during this incident, police learned that there was a male in his 20s who was taken by private vehicle to Rochester General Hospital with a gun shot wound to his torso. Police are investigating the two incidents, Shuman said, it's uncertain if they are related.