July 22, 2022 – In Breaking News – NEW YORK POST
A man has been arrested and charged with murder in the ambush-style shooting death of a veteran Rochester police officer on Thursday night, police said.
Kelvin Vickers, 21, was busted about an hour after Anthony Mazurkiewicz, a 29-year member of the force, was killed while sitting in a parked cruiser with his partner, Sino Seng at about 9:15 p.m.
The suspect was found hiding in a crawl space of a vacant house near the scene with a loaded 9mm handgun, Rochester Police Capt. Frank Umbrino said at a press conference on Friday.
(Rochester police chief says veteran officer Anthony Mazurkiewicz was shot in a ‘cowardly ambush’ while responding to a call. WHEC’s Berkeley Brean reports. (Courtesy of NBC News and YouTube. Posted on Jul 22, 2022.)
A preliminary test has determined that the gun was the weapon used in the fatal shooting.
Seventeen shots were fired into the police vehicle from behind, authorities said.
Seng, an eight-year veteran with the department, was wounded in the leg and later discharged from the hospital.
He jumped out of the vehicle and returned fire, but the suspect was not hit, cops said.
A 15-year-old girl in a nearby home was also struck and wounded.
Vickers was charged with second-degree murder, attempted murder, assault and weapons counts. He is from the Boston area and has an “extensive criminal background,” Umbrino said.
When he was 12-years-old, Vickers was charged for assault and battery on an officer, police told WHAM.
As an adult, he’s been convicted of possession of an unlicensed firearm, cops said.
(Kelvin Vickers, a 21-year-old man from Massachusetts, was arraigned Saturday morning in Rochester City Court in connection to the shooting death of Rochester Police Officer Anthony Mazurkiewicz. The shooting happened Thursday evening on Bauman Street in Rochester. Courtesy of News 8 WROC and YouTube. Posted on Jul 23, 2022.)
The shooting came just hours after the upstate city was put under a state of emergency after another year of rampant gun violence.
“Tony Mazurkiewicz could have easily retired, but he chose to continue going on the streets because he didn’t want folks in our neighborhoods to be held hostage by the very cowards that are wreaking havoc in our community,” Mayor Malik Evans said in a written statement Friday.
“Not only am I sad for the Mazurkiewicz family — and we pray for the speedy recovery of Sino Seng — I am angry. And upset. Because all too often, we are seeing a blatant disregard for life,” he said.
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Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Rochester Police Officer Anthony Mazurkiewicz, both blood, and blue, and for the full recovery of Officer Seng.
Thank you Officer Mazurkiewicz for your bravery and commitment to serving the citizens of New York with pride and distinction.
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