What happened on Hudson Avenue last night?

Updated: 09/04/2014 3:20 PM
Created: 09/04/2014 2:15 PM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

What happened on Hudson Avenue Wednesday night that led to the death of 32-year-old Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson?

We have learned additional details from our sources about one version of the events that took place last night.

We’re told the suspect was wanted for violating his parole and Rochester Police were actively looking for him. Early Wednesday afternoon, and shortly after a shift change, officers saw the suspect in his car. We’re told officers tried to pursue him but the suspect took off. Because there is a no chase policy with the Rochester Police Department, the officers did not pursue him.

Several hours later, Officer Daryl Pierson and his partner, Officer Michael DiPaola were driving down Hudson Avenue when they spotted the suspect’s car. They stopped. We’re told Officer Pierson got out of his car and approached the suspect’s car which was empty at the time. At this time, Officer DiPaola who is driving the patrol car, makes a U-turn on Hudson Avenue and is about to park the cruiser. Our sources tell us Officer Pierson saw the suspect, the suspect saw Officer Pierson and then the suspect took off and ran off behind a building or a house. That’s when Officer Pierson chased after him. Sources say as soon as Officer Pierson turned the corner of the building, that’s when he was shot. At this point, Officer DiPaola is out of his car, he hears the shots and runs towards that direction. He sees the suspect, the suspect runs and Officer DiPaola runs after him. It's described to Berkeley Brean as a "running gun battle."At some point, Officer DiPaola hits the suspect with at least one round and the suspect goes down and he is arrested.

Other officers arrived on the scene, saw the situation and loaded Officer Pierson into a patrol car and rushed him to Rochester General Hospital.


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