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Officer wounded in shootout with murder suspect

The officer, the gunman, and a bystander were all wounded in the shootout

By PoliceOne Staff

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Three were injured in a shooting in Rochester Thursday afternoon, including an officer, a passing motorist and the suspected gunman.

Sgt. Flamur Zenelovic pulled over Ralph Strong, who was wanted in a double homicide that occurred Monday, and an exchange in gunfire ensued, according to the Democrat and Chronicle.

Zenelovic, a 10-year veteran of the Rochester police, was shot multiple times. Other officers returned fire, wounding Strong, 31.

Gene McDougal was driving when the shooting occurred and was struck in the lower body. It is unclear who fired the bullet that hit him, according to the report. 

The conditions of McDougal and Strong are unknown. Zenelovic is reportedly in good spirits and is expected to recover.

Strong was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two men, ABC 13 reports. 

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