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NY cop shoots SC man by mistake

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 7:26 AM
Last updated 8:03 PM
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Authorities say a 51-year-old South Carolina man is hospitalized after being mistakenly shot by an off-duty Rochester police officer he was visiting.

Rochester police officials tell local media outlets that Sgt. Anthony Bongiovanni was alarmed when someone entered his home around 5:30 a.m. Monday. Officials say the 18-year police veteran used his personal handgun to shoot the man in the torso.

Police say the man turned out to be the officer’s friend, Chuck Andrews of South Carolina. His hometown wasn’t available.

Officials say Andrews had let himself in with a key Bongiovanni had given him. Bongiovanni immediately called 911 and began first aid.

Andrews is listed in guarded but stable condition at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Bongiovanni is suspended with pay as police investigate the shooting.

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KSL
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KSL 02/25/14 - 09:28 am
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Talk about hospitality.

Talk about hospitality.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 02/25/14 - 11:05 am
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With friends like that...

With friends like that...

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/25/14 - 11:40 am
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Only One Thing To Say,

entering anybodies house at 5:00 am unannounced (Friend or Foe) is not the smartest thing to do.

grinder48
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grinder48 02/25/14 - 12:30 pm
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What's in a name
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Anthony Bongiovanni, Rochester, NY
Chuck Andrews, South Carolina
Gotta love it!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/25/14 - 01:37 pm
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"not the smartest thing to

"not the smartest thing to do."

You got that right. How stupid. And knowing the homeowner was a cop and armed. I'll bet he uses the doorbell from now own.....if he lives.

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burninater 02/25/14 - 05:07 pm
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"Only One Thing To Say,

"Only One Thing To Say, entering anybodies house at 5:00 am unannounced (Friend or Foe) is not the smartest thing to do."
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Well, I would add that there's actually a second thing to say -- as stupid as entering anybody's house at 5am unannounced is, shooting somebody in your own home without first taking a look at who it is is even stupider.

KSL
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KSL 02/25/14 - 04:15 pm
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I agree, burn.

Especially since he had given his visitor a key.

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rmwhitley 02/25/14 - 06:48 pm
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You may
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have a key to my home, but if you enter at 5:30 a.m. ( without letting me know ahead of time) you're going to be toting a bullet.

myfather15
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myfather15 02/26/14 - 06:37 am
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Burninator

Stupid? Want to talk about Stupid?

"shooting somebody in your own home without first taking a look at who it is is even stupider."

Yes sir!!! You make sure that at 5:00 am, when you're NOT expecting anyone, and someone comes into your home; make sure to take the time to recognize them!! YOU do that!! Go ahead and give a criminal the upper hand, give them long enough to shoot first!!

I'm NOT!!!!

myfather15
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myfather15 02/26/14 - 06:46 am
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It's absolutely astounding

It's absolutely astounding that someone who is just a "friend" thinks it's Ok to just walk up in to someone's house, especially that time of the morning!! No phone call, or prior warning? And people want to blame the man who shot? Are you serious?

There are a couple people who have keys to my house, in case of EMERGENCY; not to help thereselves when I'm at home!! I also have the key to a couple people's homes, for the same reason. I would NEVER even think to go to their homes at that time of the morning, for ANY reason!! I certainly would NEVER go to their homes without asking them!!

But, I would like to know the circumstances of the incident. Was this "friend" just coming into town and wanted to suprise his friend by just showing up? Had he been in town and stayed with the friend a couple days, then decided to go out for a beer? Because THEN, then friend should have KNOWN to expect him coming back late.

But, the level of stupidity is astronomical to just walk into someone's house if you haven't seen them in a long time, whether you have a key or not!! If they aren't expecting you, it's reasonable for them to assume it's someone else!! When people are at home, doors locked and they aren't expecting anyone; they WILL get nervous and scared when someone comes into their home and they don't know who it is!! A nervous and scared homeowner, with a gun in hand; usually isn't a good combonation for the OFFENDER or the IDIOT friend who decides to surprise them!!

KSL
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KSL 02/26/14 - 09:53 am
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Where did it say he had not

Where did it say he had not seen him in a long time, or that he did not know his friend was in town.

I am with you excepting one thing. One son used to show up from college unexpectedly, early morning. Pre cell phones, but nonetheless.,
I am pretty sure he would not be trying that this day and time, errr, night and time.

KSL
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KSL 02/26/14 - 10:14 am
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MF, the write up might be the

MF, the write up might be the problem. NY policeman shoots friend from GA while he is entering his house at 5 AM.

From article:

Home owner had provided victim a key.
Home owner knew victim was in town.
Home owner knew victim had gone out for the evening.

KSL
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KSL 02/26/14 - 10:26 am
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Other side

Visitor has a key given previously and assumes he can just show up at any time to the house of an obviously armed LEO, who has given him a key. And perhaps, because he has a key, he doesn't want to wake up anyone.

KSL
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KSL 02/26/14 - 11:35 am
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This news article sets up

This news article sets up people to take one side or the other without having all of the facts. Or taking statenents out of context. It is a pure example of news media indoctrination.

KSL
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KSL 02/26/14 - 11:39 am
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And, it is not intentional,

And, it is not intentional, on some occasions.

burninater
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burninater 02/26/14 - 04:10 pm
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Responsibility

Myfather, not taking the half second it would take to see the face of the person you are about to shoot, in a place where the person is most likely friend or family?

That's not just stupid, that's gutless and irresponsible.

Most people shot in the home are not intruders, but are friends or family. Having a gun in hand doesn't suddenly give you the right to forsake all common sense and decency. If you don't have the mental control to take a split second to identify who it is you are about to potentially kill, then you are unfit to carry a firearm.

myfather15
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myfather15 02/27/14 - 07:00 am
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Burninator

You obviously have no clue about self-defense and how long it takes someone to shoot and kill you!! That "half second" you speak of (which isn't reality anyway) could and probably would cost you, your life if the intruder is armed!!

So, I'll warn my friend to NEVER enter my home without a forwarning; then I'll be "gutless and irresponsible" protect my family and be ALIVE, and you can take your chance YOUR WAY!!

"Most people shot in the home are not intruders, but are friends or family."

Where is your basis for this allegation? I believe you have none, because this is CRAP!! Now, if you're talking about homeowner shooting himself or family while cleaning the firearm, sure!! But in situations where homeowner shoots suspected intruder, NO WAY!!

"If you don't have the mental control to take a split second to identify who it is you are about to potentially kill, then you are unfit to carry a firearm."

You call it "mental control" and I'll call it complacency!! I've been in situations where you have to make a split second decision to shoot or not to shoot, how many have you been in? Your "half second" theory is crap and could easily get people killed!! The people that need to use common sense are those entering people's homes unannounced!! The home is the sanctuary!! Notify before entering and you'll be fine, do it not and your safety can't be promised.

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