In Rochester, New York, a police officer died while another had serious injuries. Officers were on duty and were shot at by a suspect who had yet to be taken into custody.
Dave Smith, the police chief, later reported that the officer who was killed was Anthony Mazurkiewicz. He was 29, had worked for many years in the force, and was also a father and a husband.
The injured officer was Sino Seng, who had been working for the police department for eight years before he sustained gunshot wounds in his lower body.
According to Smith, this was a "cowardly ambush" that resulted in the death of the very people who were trying to combat this form of violence in the community.
Anthony was shot at least one time in the upper body, and he died while in a local hospital. Seng has since been released after getting treatment for his injuries and is recovering at home.
Rochester Mayor, Malik Evans, noted that what had happened was a tragedy. He also asked Rochester to pray for the officers and their families.
The mayor reminded everyone that police officers go out daily and put their lives at risk trying to keep the community safe.
In the incident, a woman was shot, but her condition is unknown.
New York Police Department wrote on Facebook that this was a senseless shooting. They also wished the surviving office a quick recovery from his injuries.
There has been a surge in gun violence in Rochester.
Following the incident, the mayor declared a state of emergency in Rochester due to the increased gun violence on the day the officers were shot.
According to the police, 202 people have been shot while 41 others have been killed in the city in 2022. Also, 82% of homicides involved guns.
Zeldin sent his tweet a few hours after another suspect tried to attack a congressman and a gubernatorial candidate while speaking on stage during a campaign event in Perinton, New York.
The suspect, David G. Jakubonis, faced felony second-degree attempted assault for the attack.
However, he was released, as Zeldin had predicted. No one was seriously hurt during the incident.