Man accused of killing Rochester officer pleads not guilty

ROCHESTER, NY (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting a Rochester police officer and injuring the officer’s partner and someone nearby pleaded not guilty on Saturday.

In a brief court appearance, Kelvin Vickers pleaded not guilty to second degree murder, attempted murder, assault and weapons. He was sentenced to detention without bail.

Police say the 21-year-old fired multiple bullets into an unmarked, parked vehicle Thursday night, killing 29-year-old veteran officer Anthony Mazurkiewicz and wounding officer Sino Seng. A 15-year-old girl in a nearby house was also shot and injured.

The two officers were part of an undercover unit and were investigating a murder. Vickers was found an hour later in a vacant house nearby, and police say a loaded handgun was found that may have been used in the shooting.

Vickers is from the Boston area and has a long criminal history, according to police, who did not say why Vickers was in Rochester.

He was represented by a public defender at Saturday’s arraignment, but indicated he would seek his own attorney, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported.

Seng was shot in the lower body and was treated in a hospital before being released. Authorities said on Friday that the girl, who was hit by a bullet that went through a wall, was recovering.

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