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New info on Pittsford shooting suspect

Zagari & 2012 Wheatland Shooting

Wheatland / Rochester, N.Y. --- The man who was shot by a Monroe County Sheriffs Deputy on Wednesday in Pittsford was arrested in 2012 for shooting another man in the Town of Wheatland.

Vincenzo Zagari, 22, remains hospitalized after the shooting on Wednesday.

Court records obtained by 13WHAM News Thursday morning do not tell the entire story behind Zagaris involvement in the Town of Wheatland shooting two years ago.  But multiple sources connected to the case helped fill in the gaps for 13WHAM News.

The Wheatland Shooting

It happened on June 18, 2012 around 4 p.m. on Smith road approximately one quarter mile west of Union Street according to the felony complaint.  Zagari, who was 20 years-old at the time, was arrested days later and initially charged with Assault in the 1st Degree and Criminal Use of a Firearm in the 1st Degree.

Both those charges are B-level felonies that carry the possibility of maximum prison sentences of five to twenty-five years.

The felony complaint accused Zagari of shooting Angel Figueroa by discharging a round from a shotgunstriking the victim and entering the victims torso and causing the victim to suffer life threatening injuries.

That case was waived to grand jury and additional court documents on file with the Monroe County Clerks Office detail a subsequent arrest for the Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the 3rd Degree.  That crime occurred on June 21, 2012 on Ketchum Street in Rochester and according to the Felony Complaint, Zagari was accused of selling a .44 caliber Ruger revolver to someone else.

A plea deal was reached in June 2012 that resulted in Zagari pleading guilty to one count of Attempted Criminal Sale of a Firearm 3rd Degree.  That is a D-level felony charge that carries a maximum possible prison sentence of 1 and-a-third to four years.

Zagari received five-years probation and time already served in jail.

Behind the Plea Deal

The court papers neglect to tell the entire story so 13WHAM News spoke to a number of sources familiar with the case.  Each source consistently described the situation as follows:

Zagari was in Wheatland with Figueroa in an apparent attempt to sell the shotgun he had to Figueroa.  During that encounter in a secluded area Figueroa attempted to steal the gun from Zagari and in the course of that altercation Zagari shot Figueroa in an apparent act of self-defense.

Throughout the course of the ongoing investigation and prosecution these facts became apparent and, sources tell us, Figueroa was uncooperative with authorities.

Zagaris plea deal was reached and his right to appeal was waived once these and other factors were weighed by law enforcement authorities and the courts.

Sean Carroll, 13WHAM-TV
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