NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Captain Eugene J. Staniszewski
On September 22, 2021, at approximately 8:15 p.m., a sergeant with the New York State Police was driving to work in his personally owned vehicle on Penfield Road in the town of Penfield, when his vehicle was struck from behind while stopped at a traffic light at State Route 441.
The operator of the second vehicle then fled the scene. The sergeant followed the suspect into the Pines of Perinton apartment complex, where the suspect’s vehicle became stuck. The sergeant exited his vehicle, approached the suspect’s vehicle, and identified himself as a state trooper.
The sergeant ordered the operator out of the vehicle. The operator refused to comply, and the sergeant struck the side passenger window with his personally owned handgun in order to break the window and open the door. When he struck the door, one round accidentally discharged from the firearm and lodged in the door frame. Nobody was struck.
The suspect was taken into custody and was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The sergeant was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester for minor injuries to his hand.
Charges are pending, updated information will be provided here on the online newsroom.
At the request of the State Police, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department turned over the investigation to the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the State Police Professional Standards Bureau.