Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation Opens Investigation into Civilian Death in Rochester

NEW YORK – The New York Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI) has opened an investigation into the death of Angely Solis, who died on November 14, 2022, in Rochester following an encounter with an off-duty member of the Greece Police Department (GPD), Tiffani Gatson.

On the evening of November 14, members of the Rochester Police Department (RPD) responded to reports of shots fired at a residence on Costar Street in Rochester. When they arrived, they found Ms. Solis, Ms. Gatson, and a third individual outside the residence, all with gunshot wounds. Ms. Solis was pronounced dead at the scene. Ms. Gatson and the other individual were taken to a local hospital, where Ms. Gatson was pronounced dead; the other individual is expected to recover. RPD officers recovered a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun at the scene, which they determined is not Ms. Gatson’s service weapon.

Pursuant to New York State Executive Law Section 70-b, OSI assesses every incident reported to it where a police officer or a peace officer, including a corrections officer, may have caused the death of a person, by an act or omission. Under the law, the officer may be on-duty or off-duty, and the decedent may be armed or unarmed. Also, the decedent may or may not be in custody or incarcerated. If OSI’s assessment indicates an officer caused the death, OSI proceeds to conduct a full investigation of the incident.

These are preliminary facts and subject to change.