Updated: January 28, 2020 12:25 PM
Created: January 28, 2020 08:32 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The man accused of stabbing a Rochester Police officer Sunday was arraigned on Rochester City Court Tuesday.
Jamal Dima, 20, pleaded not guilty to felony aggravated attempted assault of a police officer.
"A line of duty injury, to me, is a police officer getting into a car accident, a police officer spraining his ankle," Rochester Police Chief La'Ron Singletary said Monday. "This was an attack."
That's how Singletary describes what happened to 22-year veteran Brian Cala as he and officer Louis Mastrangelo, a 12-year veteran, approached the door of a home on Glendale Park. They were answering a 911 call that Dima was breaking car windows.
The chief says Cala followed protocol by knocking, then moving away from the door of the home. However, the chief says Dima lunged at Cala with a 5-inch knife and stabbed Cala in the cheek.
Cala fired his weapon five times and struck Dima once, but the suspect ran off. He was later captured and taken to the hospital. Cala and Dima were both treated and released from the hospital.
"He tried to do the best he could to deflect the situation, but when you get stabbed in the face, his reaction was to pull his service weapon as he was trained," Singletary said. "He was facing a vicious attack."
Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley says Dima could face additional charges.
Dima is being held in the Monroe County Jail on $75,000 cash or $150,000 bond. He's due back in court on Friday for a preliminary hearing.
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