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Police: Off-duty officer shot his friend

Rochester, N.Y. The Rochester Police Department is investigating after an off-duty officer allegedly shot his friend. 

Police said officers were called to 436 South Ave. 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 Sgt. 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 said they don't believe the two lived together.

Neighbors talked to us about living near Bongiovanni.

"(Bongiovanni's) very friendly to everybody. Hes actually had a few people do work in his house, so maybe its somebody hes familiar with. He tries to help the community," said Darryl Jebbett, who lives down the street. "We dont lock the windows and doors that much. We dont worry that much around here. Ive 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.



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