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Officer shooting: New details on suspect

Rochester, N.Y. - 13WHAM has learned more about the criminal history of the suspect accused of shooting a Rochester police officer Wednesday night.

Court records show Thomas Johnson III, faced domestic violence and criminal contempt charges in 2007.

In 2009, he was charged with resisting arrest and criminal contempt, but it was reduced to harassment.

In 2010, he was incarcerated for attempted robbery. The charged was pleaded down from two counts of grand larceny and one count of robbery, displaying firearms.

Records show that Johnson violated parole in 2003 and a second time in 2010 when he failed to check in with his parole officer after leaving prison.

He served a year behind bars before being released about three weeks ago.

Johnson is the suspect in the fatal shooting of a police officer in Rochester Wednesday night. The officer was shot after a chase and shootout - during which the suspect was also injured.

The officer was taken to Rochester General Hospital and pronounced dead.

Johnson is currently listed in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital.

A third person, who police are calling an "innocent bystander" was also shot but is expected to recover.

Rochester police are expected to release more information about Wednesday night's fatal shooting of a police officer. 13WHAM will be broadcasting the news conference at 11:30 a.m. on the air and online.

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