Syracuse Police officer who discharged weapon during high speed chase put on paid leave

Syracuse Police officer who discharged weapon during Monday's high speed chase in Syracuse identified, placed on administrative leave.

Syracuse Police have released the identification of the officer who discharged his duty weapon toward a suspect involved in a high speed chase in the city on Monday.

According to authorities, Officer Rodney Fitzgerald discharged his weapon during the pursuit that started on Townsend Street near East Laurel Street around 1 p.m. Monday, and ended near Dickerson Street in Syracuse.

Police say Christopher Ricks, 26, is accused of leading authorities on the chase in a stolen tow truck, which injured several people and damaged some vehicles in multiple locations.

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After the incident, Syracuse Police announced they were handling the investigation into one of the shots fired incidents.

Officer Fitzgerald has been employed with Syracuse Police since January 2001, authorities said.

As per departmental policy, he is on paid administrative leave until the conclusion of the investigation.

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