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Rochester police officer won’t be charged in fatal shooting

July 17, 2021 GMT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A Rochester, New York, police officer will not face charges in the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man who authorities said was threatening to harm himself and others.

The Democrat & Chronicle reported Friday that a grand jury found Officer Matthew Drake justified in fatally shooting Tyshon Jones near a homeless shelter on March 10.

Prosecutors said Drake shot the man five times after he refused commands to drop a large butcher knife and moved toward responding officers.

Police responded to the shelter after receiving a report that someone had stolen a bucket of knives from the kitchen.

District Attorney Sandra Doorley said Drake ordered Jones to drop the knife “over 17 times as officers continued to retreat.”

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Body camera video showed Jones telling officers he was dangerous and expressing a desire to kill the officers, the newspaper reported.

Family members said Jones was experiencing a mental health crisis.

Rochester police have been under scrutiny in recent months over the March 2020 death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died after officers put a mesh hood over his head and held him to the ground until he stopped breathing.

A grand jury ultimately rejected criminally negligent homicide charges against three officers in that case.