A shoplifting suspect was shot by a Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy on Wednesday after brandishing "a weapon" at her.
The shooting happened about 3:30 on Wednesday afternoon behind the M&T Bank on Monroe Avenue, opposite the entrance to Pittsford Plaza. The incident was seen by people and families eating at the McDonald's next to the bank.
Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn says deputies were called to the Pittsford Plaza Wegmans for a report of a shoplifter. Deputies observed the suspect leaving the plaza in a car that had been reported stolen in Ogden.
The suspect crashed into a parked car, got out and ran across Monroe Avenue towards the Marshall's Store. Deputies searched the area and a deputy spotted the suspect behind the bank. As she approached him, Sheriff O'Flynn says the suspect "brandished a weapon" and the deputy fired her service weapon at him.
The suspect was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital and was undergoing surgery Wednesday night. His injuries were said to be life threatening.
Sheriff O'Flynn said the investigation is in an early stage and he would not identify the suspect or the deputy involved. He would not confirm what sort of weapon was brandished, although he says it was recovered at the scene. The sheriff says he can't comment about that because search warrants needed to be served at an undisclosed location.
O'Flynn says the shooting fortunately happened in a contained area and no bystanders were at risk.