Former Fall River Man Charged With Murdering NYC Police Officer, Injuring Another – Fall River Reporter
Fall River, MA/Rochester, NY – A former Fall River man is accused of shooting two police officers in an ambush attack on Thursday, killing one.
According to Rochester Police Chief David Smith, Officer Anthony Mazurkiewic, a 25-year veteran of the Rochester Police Department, was killed in the line of duty on Buman Street in Rochester. Officer Mazurkiewic and his partner, Officer Sino Sens were attacked in an ambush. According to NBC Rochester, Kelvin Vickers, 21, formerly of Fall River and now residing in Brockton, walked behind the police vehicle and fired 17 times. A bullet also grazed a 15-year-old girl.
Shortly after 9:00 p.m. last night, members of the Rochester Police Department‘s Tactical Unit were in the area of Bauman Street and Laser Street attempting to gather information as part of an ongoing murder investigation . Officers Tony Mazurkiewicz and Sino Seng were parked in an unmarked vehicle on Bauman Street, just south of Laser Street. As part of intelligence gathering, additional marked and unmarked units were in the area to provide support.
At approximately 9:15 p.m., a man approached the surveillance vehicle from behind. While hiding behind tall shrubbery, he fired about 17 rounds at the vehicle from a distance of about 10 to 15 feet. Constable Mazurkiewicz, while seated in the driver’s seat, was shot at least twice in the upper body and Constable Seng, seated in the passenger seat, was shot in the lower body. Although he was shot, Constable Seng was able to get out of the vehicle and fire back. The suspect was unharmed and fled on foot.
Support units responded immediately and transported the two officers to hospital. Additionally, a 15-year-old woman was inside a nearby house and was grazed by one of three shots that penetrated the walls of her home.
In addition to rushing the injured officers to the hospital, officers from all local jurisdictions converged on the scene and quickly established a perimeter. Officers searching inside the perimeter observed signs of entry to a nearby vacant home. While verifying the location, officers located Vickers hiding in a crawl space on the 2nd floor. Vickers was taken into custody without further incident and a 9mm handgun was recovered. Preliminary testing indicated that this weapon is the weapon used to assassinate Officer Mazurkiewicz as well as to shoot Officer Seng and the 15-year-old girl.
Following search warrants, 9 firearms, including handguns and assault rifles, were recovered. In addition, hundreds of cartridges and approximately
100 pounds of marijuana were seized.
Vickers was arrested within an hour; and the alleged murder weapon was recovered.
The follow-up investigation led to the following charges being laid against Vickers:
2nd degree murder (A Felony), 2nd degree attempted murder (B Felony), 2nd degree assault (D Felony) and two counts of 2nd degree criminal possession of a weapon (C Felony) .
Vickers was arrested by Fall River police on a firearms charge in 2019.