Lamont Place murder suspect arrested after chase and shot at officers

A suspected murder suspect was arrested Thursday afternoon after a brief car chase in northeast Rochester in which the man fired two shots at two police officers, interim police chief David Smith reported.

One of the two tactical officers fired in return, Smith said. No one was beaten or injured in the incident on Avenue D. The man is a suspect in the Lamont Place murder on Wednesday, Smith said.

Police declined to reveal the man’s name but said he was a passenger in a car that was being driven by a family member when officers tried to stop the vehicle on Avenue D near North Clinton Avenue. A brief chase ensued and the suspect threw away the 9mm pistol, which has since been recovered by police.

It doesn’t appear that any of the vehicles were hit, he added. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident.

Rochester Police closed much of Avenue D between Joseph and North Clinton Thursday afternoon after a brief chase that resulted in a murder suspect firing two shots at two tactical officers.  An officer returned fire, the police said.  Nobody was injured.

Captain Frank Umbrino said the suspects would be tried in Rochester City Court on Friday morning. He said the Lamont Place killing of Christian Santiago was “domestic” and added that the suspect was with Santiago’s mother.

A 19-year-old Rochester man was fatally shot in northeast Rochester on Wednesday morning, according to Rochester Police.

Lt. Michael Perkowski, of the Rochester Police Department, said officers were called to Lamont Place on Webster Avenue at around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to investigate a reported shooting.

Police officers arriving found that Santiago had been shot in the upper body at least once. He was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, where he died shortly after arriving, Perkowski said.

It appeared that Santiago was embroiled in some kind of argument shortly before he was shot, Perkowski said.

Rochester City School District spokeswoman Marisol Ramos-Lopez said Santiago was a student on the Franklin campus on Norton Street, “and the school community is deeply saddened by his loss.”

Grief counselors are available for students and staff at the school.

This marks the 64th murder in Rochester in 2021.

Anyone with information about the fatal shots is asked to call 911, RPD’s Major Crimes Unit (585) 428-7157 or Crime Stoppers at (585) 423-9300.

The two tactical officers involved will be entrusted with administrative duties pending the outcome of two investigations – internal and criminal, Smith said. This is the standard RPD procedure here.

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