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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - 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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