July 12, 2005
Chief says Rochester, NY police shooting of girl, 13, was 'appropriate'
Patrick Flanigan, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A Rochester police officer who shot a 13-year-old girl Sunday was trying to prevent the girl from stabbing him and a woman, Rochester's acting police chief, Cedric Alexander, said Monday.
Officer Mark L. Simmons had been invited into the home of Lashedica Mason by members of her family, who had called 911 because the girl was threatening to kill herself with a knife, Alexander said.
As Simmons, 25, talked to family members, Alexander said, Lashedica emerged from the kitchen with an 8-inch kitchen knife and rushed to within 4 to 6 feet of Simmons and Lashedica's 18-year-old sister. Simmons had backed up and ordered Lashedica to stop before shooting her three times, Alexander said.
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