A man ran across the Kensington Expressway -- with a Central District officer in pursuit -- during Tuesday's evening rush hour, stirring memories of a similar incident that led to an officer's death.
Tuesday, the pursuing officer crossed one lane before returning to a waiting patrol car. Two other officers later found the man being pursued, hiding in a tree.
Officers John Garcia and Frank Guevara, assigned to the district's Gang Suppression Unit, were investigating a report of a fight on Orange Street involving two brothers. The officers said they saw Frizell Aughtry, 26, running down Lemon Street and learned he was the man they were seeking.
Aughtry ran onto the expressway near the makeshift memorial for Genesee Station Officer Robert J. McLellan, who died after he was hit by a car near that same spot last Feb. 25 while chasing a man wanted by bounty hunters.
The significance of the location was not lost on Garcia. "It's kind of eerie," he said.
"I stepped on the 33. There was nothing coming, but I said 'forget it,' " he explained. He and his partner then drove to the opposite side to continue the search.
Aughtry later was spotted halfway up a tree near a Mortimer Street home and arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, menacing, obstructing governmental administration, two weapons-related counts, harassment, resisting arrest and escape.
Aughtry later reported heart attack-like symptoms and was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated in the emergency room and then released.