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Albion man killed at site of fatal fire

An Albion man with a long criminal history was burglarizing a fire-damaged village home Saturday when he was fatally shot, police said.

David R. Grove, 32, of West State Street, allegedly broke into the apartment house previously occupied by a woman who had been killed in a fire there two days earlier.

Investigators have not arrested a suspect in the early Saturday shooting.

Grove, who was pronounced dead at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, was in the basement of another house on West State Street when he was shot, Albion Police Chief Roland Nenni said during a news conference Tuesday.

Gloria Robinson, 52, died Thursday night and was found on a bathroom floor in the rear of the building, where most of the fire was contained. Medical examiners declared smoke inhalation as the cause of Robinson's death.

A preliminary investigation has not determined a cause of the fire but ruled out any possibility of foul play, Nenni said.

There is no relation between the shooting and fire, police said.

"There's no connection. [The home] wasn't a target for anything specifically, other than it was a vacant home," Nenni said. "It's an isolated incident. The people of Albion are safe."

Police said Grove walked to his nearby home and called authorities after being shot shortly after midnight. They did not release details on where he was shot or how many times.

Grove was released on parole in October 2009 after serving seven years in state prison on a felony second-degree burglary conviction for robbing several Orleans County farm workers at gunpoint in October 2001.

At the time of the robbery, Grove was on parole for the December 1995 theft of a woman's purse. He was sentenced to four years in prison in that case.

Grove, who was to remain on parole through October 2013, had seen his parole officer in the days before he was killed, a spokeswoman from the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said.

Nenni did not say if there was any relationship between Grove and the owner of the property or anyone renting it.

"We are investigating several leads. We can't identify any [suspect] at this point," Nenni said.

The three-apartment home is owned by William Wittman of Albion Eagle Harbor Road, according to Orleans County records. Both Robinson and another person were living there at the time of the fire, although the second tenant escaped unharmed.

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