The suspected shooter in last night’s fatal shooting of a Rochester, N.Y., police officer was recently released from prison, police sources confirmed to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Parolee Thomas Johnson III was shot and wounded and is in guarded commission. He was released last month after serving a year for violating parole. He’d previously served three years for an attempted robbery. Johnson also served a year in local jail for second-degree criminal trespass.
He also was in a Florida prison between November 2003 and March 2006 on a weapons conviction. Last night’s shooting occurred as police attempted to apprehend a man during a pursuit. The officer, whose name was not released, died from injuries he suffered when police and the suspect exchanged gunfire with the man. A bystander also was hit by gunfire, and suffered injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.