Teen leads police on chase after telling friend he wants to 'kill a cop'
Rochester police on Friday discovered text messages threatening to "kill a cop" on the cell phone of an 18-year-old man.
A friend of the suspect reported the threats to authorities around 2:30 a.m. The suspect told the friend that he was in possession of a gun, according to police.
Police later located the man, identified as Nicholas Fitzpatrick, near the First Street parking ramp downtown. However, Fitzpatrick took off running when officers tried to make contact with him.
After a short pursuit, Fitzpatrick was apprehended on a nearby skyway. He was not carrying a weapon, notes the police report.
Fitzpatrick, who had been drinking, initially denied making the threats. But after he voluntarily handed over his cell phone, police found texts confirming the threats were made.
At the discretion of the shift supervisor, Fitzpatrick was not taken into cutody, says the report. Instead, officers dropped him off at his family's home.
He could faces charges of underage drinking and terroristic threats.
(Cover photo: File / The Med City Beat)