Police: Off-duty officer shot his friend
Updated: Monday, February 24 2014, 07:23 PM EST
Rochester, N.Y. – The Rochester Police Department is investigating after they say an off-duty officer shot his friend.
Police say officers were called to 436 South Avenue at 5:26 a.m. Monday for the report of a burglary in progress. Upon arriving, officers found a person had been shot.
In a news conference Monday evening, Interim Chief Michael Ciminelli said that Sergeant Anthony Bongiovanni was asleep in his home when Chuck Andrews, 51, entered the home and startled Bongiovanni.
According to Rochester Police, Bongiovanni used his personal registered gun and shot Andrews in the torso.
At that time, the tenant living upstairs called 911 and reported the burglary.
Realizing he shot his friend, Bongiovanni also called 911 and began giving Andrews CPR.
Andrews was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital and is currently in guarded, but stable condition.
Investigators believed Andrews used a key to get into the apartment that was given him to by Bongiovanni, but say they don't believe the two lived together.
Neighbors talked to us about living near Bongiovanni.
"He’s [the police officer] very friendly to everybody. He’s actually had a few people do work in his house, so maybe it’s somebody he’s familiar with. He tries to help the community," said Darryl Jebbett, who lives down the street. "We don’t lock the windows and doors that much. We don’t worry that much around here. I’ve never heard of anything like that."
No charges have been filed, and Bongiovanni is on paid suspension.
Bongiovanni has been with the department for 18 years.