State police say they shot at a suspect after a car and foot chase. 38-year-old Jerry Fergusen was trying to hit a trooper's K-9 dog who had him pinned down, leading to the K9 trooper to shoot a single round, which struck a nearby building. Fergusen was treated at the hospital for a dog bite.
The large police presence in the Monroe Avenue neighborhood on Wednesday night came after a New York State Police trooper shot at a suspect after a chase.
Part of Monroe Avenue and a number of side streets in the area were closed west of Goodman Street to Averill Street.
According to the New York State Police, the chase began after officers tried to stop a speeding car with no lights on. The suspect- now identified as 38-year-old Jerry Ferguson- eventually stopped in a parking lot on Meigs Street, at which point he ran away onto Woodlawn Street.
Troopers caught up with Ferguson, and a State Police K9 officer sent his dog after him. Authorities say Ferguson tried to hit the dog to get the dog off of him, leading to the K9 trooper to shoot a single round, which struck a nearby building.
Ferguson was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released for a dog bite. Ferguson faces charges of unlawful feeling, resisting arrest, and unlicensed operation. He reportedly has a criminal past.
No law enforcement was hurt, and there is no word yet on what caused the firearms discharge.