Large tactical operations, including SWAT are searching for the suspect that shot 36-year-old Rochester Police Officer Jeremy Nash in the face late Saturday night on North Street in the city. Nash is listed in stable condition at Rochester General Hospital and is able to speak with officers to assist in the investigation.

Officers are still searching for the suspect who shot a police officer late Saturday night on North Street.

The officer, 36-year-old Jeremy Nash, was shot around 10:40 p.m. in the area of St. Jacob Street. Chief Mike Ciminelli says Nash was in his uniform responding to an unrelated call in the area when he was shot in the face.

Officer Nash was rushed to Rochester General Hospital where he is currently in stable condition.

It's not clear how many times Officer Nash was shot, but the chief says Nash suffered "gunshot wounds."

 

While Officer Nash is recovering, police are still searching for the suspect or suspects in the shooting.

"The investigation to identify and apprehend the perpetrator continues and intensifies," Chief Ciminelli told reporters.

At a news conference Sunday morning, officers weren't able to release a description of the suspect. The chief did say that Officer Nash is able to speak with officers and has been able to assist the investigation.

Right now, the motive of the shooting is not clear. Again, police say Officer Nash was responding to what appears to be an unrelated call when he was shot. Chief Ciminelli says they are investigating the possibility that Nash was targeted because he is a police officer. But, the chief couldn't say if it was an ambush attack.

"There is no doubt, nationally, the level of violence against police officers has increased recently," said the chief. "This is something that we are always concerned about. We are always looking for better training, better equipment, better tactics, better ways to keep our officers safe as they in turn keep the community safe."

Police say, after a search of the area, they have determined there is no immediate threat to residents. However, North Street is still closed between Clifford and St. Jacob Street at this time for the investigation.

Ciminelli says Nash works in the Clinton section and is an 11-year veteran of the force.

Police say they have received "excellent cooperation" from members of the community. However, they are still asking anyone with information on the shooting to call 911 or CrimeStoppers at 423-9300.

Initial report below:

The search continues this morning for the suspect that shot a Rochester Police officer. 

The officer, identified as 36 year old Jeremy Nash, was shot in the face just after 10:40 p.m. Saturday. The shooting took place in the 1000 block of North Street near St. Jacob Street.

Officer Nash was transported to Rochester General Hospital where he is currently in stable condition. Nash is an 11 year veteran of the RPD. Mayor Lovely Warren says Officer Nash and his wife have a 3 week old daughter. 

According to Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli, no suspect is in custody and a large tactical operation continues this morning. SWAT teams and the State Police helicopter are being used. 

"We heard two, and then we just tried to drive away," said one witness to the attack.

Mayor Lovely Warren and Deputy Mayor Cedric Alexander were at the hospital last night meeting with the officer and his family. 

In a statement released early Sunday morning, Mayor Lovely Warren said this:

"Last night a Rochester police officer received serious injuries as a result of a shooting, which underscores the difficult and dangerous job our officers face on a daily basis," said Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren. "As we wait here at Rochester General Hospital for updates on his condition, I ask our entire community to pray for our wounded police officer and his family and to pray for all of our police officers who risk their lives on a daily basis doing a courageous job protecting our city and its citizens. I want to join Police Chief Ciminelli in asking anyone who might have information on this incident to contact the Rochester Police Department or call 9-1-1."

The scene of the shooting is not far from where officer Darryl Pierson was fatally shot in 2014.