16 April 2021

 Major Barry C. Chase
 Troop E Commander




The State Police have arrested Joshua Bennett for Burglary 1st Degree, Menacing of a Police Officer, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd Degree, and Menacing 2nd Degree.  Bennett was released early this afternoon from Strong Hospital and was processed at the State Police Station in Rochester and taken to the Monroe County Jail and will be held on a New York State Parole Warrant.

The State Police release the name of the Parole Absconder who armed himself with a butcher knife then held a woman at knife point before advancing at police.  Joshua Bennett, age 37, was shot by a state trooper, who is assigned to the US Marshal Regional Fugitive Task Force and is currently in custody at Strong Hospital.

Prior to making entry into 105 Fairbanks Street, officers attempted to taser the suspect, but were unsuccessful.  The suspect then gained entry into 105 Fairbanks Street and held a female resident against her will, while holding a butcher knife against her back.

He then retreated into the basement of the residence and failed to comply with the officers demands.  The suspect moved towards the officers while brandishing the butcher knife.  A State Trooper fired 1 round from his issue firearm striking him in the upper body.

Officers then immediately rendered first aid to the suspect.

The investigation is continuing.


On April 16, 2021, at approximately 11:15 a.m., the members of the US Marshal Regional Fugitive Task Force attempted to execute a parole absconder warrant on an individual at 107 Fairbanks Street in Rochester.

The suspect made his way into an adjoining residence at 105 Fairbanks and tried to hide in the basement.

When members of the Task Force tried to take the suspect into custody, he refused to follow the officer’s instructions and made an aggressive movement towards the officers with a large butcher knife.

The suspect was shot with one round in the shoulder area and transported to Strong Hospital for what appear to be non-life threatening injuries and was last reported to be in guarded condition.

The investigation is continuing.

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