Updated: October 18, 2019 11:08 PM
Created: October 18, 2019 09:56 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester Police say an officer was injured responding to a call early Friday morning.
The incident happened near Miller Street. Rochester police say there was a 911 call about drug activity in the 300 block of First Street.
Police say an officer found Jemet Flores, 30, on First Street. Flores hit the officer and knocked off his radio mic before running away.
Police say Flores ran toward Miller Street where the officer caught up with him and they got into a physical fight.
The Rochester Locust Club says the officer fought with the suspect for seven minutes while other officers ran from house to house looking for the officer and the suspect.
Rochester Police say the officer had minor bruises and scrapes from the fight. The officer was treated at the hospital and released.
Flores was arrested and charged with attempted assault, criminal possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration. Flores was also arrested on an outstanding warrant.
News10NBC asked RPD what happened in an overnight email. A lieutenant responded mentioning a chase and an arrest but never an assault.
The Rochester Police Locust Club called out the Police Department for not telling the whole story on Twitter:
How does the Department not put out a statement about an officer attacked and fighting alone in a backyard for 7 minutes? Questions should be directed to the Chief. We have had over 100 on duty injuries in the last 10 months - the public should be made aware of these incidents.— ROC Locust Club (@ROCLocustClub) October 18, 2019
Rochester Police declined an on-camera interview but sent out an updated email with further details on the assault.
Miller Street is less than a mile away from Peck Street. That's where police say Officer Denny Wright was stabbed during a domestic call earlier this month. He was alone on the call. The violent attack sparked change in the department. Chief Singletary called for two officers in every car and less than two weeks later went back to single cars.
We asked officials at the Rochester Police Department if they are considering going back to two badges per car. The PIO says not at this time.
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