ROCHESTER, NY (AP) – The fatal shooting of a 28-year-old man by two Rochester police officers investigating reported gunfire “did not rise to the level of criminal conduct,” according to the Attorney General’s Office ‘State.
Mark Gaskill was a passenger seated in the back of a vehicle that officers pulled over in the early morning hours of May 14 after being seen by cameras leaving a nearby location where a gunshot detection system had been activated.
Two officers who allegedly saw Gaskill reach for his belt and draw a gun fired 11 shots. Gaskill has been beaten six times, according to a report released Friday by the Special Investigations Office of New York Attorney General Letitia James.
Police found a loaded pistol near Gaskill’s right hand. A gun scan confirmed the gun to be the same one that fired the shots detected by the gunshot detection system that morning, according to the report.
The Office of Special Investigations said it determined the officers’ actions were not criminal after examining body-worn camera footage, street surveillance videos, witness interviews and others. evidence.
“Based on a careful examination of the facts of this case, OSI has determined that the officers involved were not unwarranted in their use of lethal force, as required by law to lay criminal charges,” James said in a prepared statement.