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Police seek suspects in armed encounter

Rochester police are investigating a report of an armed encounter Wednesday afternoon in a southeast neighborhood.

The incident began about 5 p.m. as two brothers, ages 20 and 16, were walking their dogs past a business parking lot near 12th Street and Eighth Avenue Southeast. An SUV occupied by three men was parked in the lot. One of the men inside said something to the brothers.

When one of the brothers asked what the man had said, an argument ensued, said Capt. John Sherwin; the brothers then walked away, heading south.

The SUV followed them, the report says, and pulled over in the 1300 block of Ninth Avenue Southeast, where two of the three men got out of the vehicle. The driver stayed inside.

The man in the back seat — described as a black male in his late teens, with short hair, a gray shirt, khaki shorts and white shoes — allegedly pulled a silver handgun from the waistband of his shorts and began to wave it around.


He threatened to shoot the dogs, Sherwin said, and told the brothers "this isn't over yet," before getting back inside the vehicle.

The front seat passenger is described as a tall, thin, black male in his late teens, with a shaved head, wearing a black sweatshirt.

An independent eyewitness saw at least part of the incident, Sherwin said, and a partial license plate was provided.

Sherwin expects an arrest as early as today.

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