Suspect indicted in killing of Rochester cop

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The 38-year-old man accused of fatally shooting Rochester police officer Daryl Pierson has been indicted on six criminal counts, including aggravated murder.

The grand jury indictment against Thomas Johnson III was handed up Friday and made public Monday morning at about the same time he was sent from Strong Memorial Hospital to the Monroe County Jail.

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Johnson is charged with aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder, first-degree assault, and multiple weapons possession charges.

Authorities say the 32-year-old Pierson was shot and killed by Johnson, a parolee who had fled during a traffic stop on Sept. 3. Pierson’s partner, officer Mike DiPaola, shot and wounded Johnson while apprehending him.

Johnson, who pleaded not guilty to initial charges, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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