An upstate off-duty New York police officer fatally shot a 27-year-old girl earlier than she turned the gun on herself and took her personal life Monday, Rochester police stated.
Tiffani Gatson, 29, an officer with the Greece Police Division, shot two ladies at a Rochester residence earlier than she died by suicide. Greece is a suburb of Rochester, in western New York on Lake Ontario.
Gatson, who had been an officer in Greece since September 2018, was off responsibility on the time, Greece police stated.
Rochester police stated in an announcement that they responded to a “home associated altercation” round 7:20 p.m.
Responding officers discovered all three ladies outdoors the house with gunshot wounds, in response to the state legal professional common’s workplace, which is investigating as required by legislation when an officer commits against the law.
Angely Solis, 27, was pronounced lifeless on the scene.
A girl in her 30s who suffered non-life-threatening accidents from a number of gunshots to her higher physique was despatched to a hospital. She was not publicly recognized.
Gatson was discovered with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. She was taken to a hospital, the place she was pronounced lifeless shortly afterward, police stated.
Officers discovered a Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun on the scene, which they decided was not Gatson’s service weapon, the legal professional common’s workplace stated.
The 2 victims are associated, NBC affiliate WHEC of Rochester reported. Police wouldn’t make clear the connection between the victims and Gatson.
Gatson was the primary African American girl to affix the Greece Police Division in 2019, WHEC reported.
“On behalf of the City of Greece Police Division, I want to specific our collective sorrow and grief with respect to final night time’s occasions within the Metropolis of Rochester,” Greece Police Chief Michael Wooden stated in an announcement.
“Sadly, now we have seen occasions of this nature happen all too ceaselessly and wrestle to seek out solutions within the aftermath. The consequences are far-reaching, from those that have misplaced family members to others all through legislation enforcement organizations when a police officer commits such a horrible act, to our whole neighborhood.”