An off-duty police officer in western New York state fatally shot a woman, injured another woman and then killed herself during a domestic dispute, police and officials said. responsible.
The shooting occurred shortly before 7:30 p.m. Monday at a Rochester home, police said. Police officer Tiffani Gatson of Greece City, a suburb of Rochester, shot Angely Solis, 27, and a second woman and then turned the gun on herself, said Lt. Greg Bello of Rochester police.
Solis was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Gatson, 29, was taken to hospital, where she died. The remaining victim was being treated in a hospital for gunshot wounds that police said were not life-threatening.
Although Bello said the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute, he did not provide details.
Gatson had been the department’s police officer since September 2018 and was recently assigned to Highway Patrol working afternoons, the police department said in a statement.
Greek Police Chief Michael Wood said in a statement that he wanted to express the “collective pain and sorrow” of his department. Wood said his agency would cooperate with the Rochester Department and the state attorney general’s office in the investigation of the shooting.
By law, the New York Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigations must assess all deaths caused by law enforcement officers. The office said preliminary findings indicate that a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun recovered from the scene was not Gatson’s duty weapon.
“Unfortunately, we have seen events of this nature occur far too frequently and we are struggling to find answers afterwards,” the police department said in its statement. “The effects are far-reaching, from those who have lost loved ones to others through law enforcement when a police officer commits such a horrific act, to our entire community. It is simply devastating, and so many people are hurting right now.”