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RPD officer shot, wounded on Hague Street has been released

RPD officer shot, wounded on Hague Street has been released Photo: News10NBC.

Updated: December 22, 2020 09:31 PM
Created: December 22, 2020 08:22 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Rochester police officer who was shot in the neck on Hague Street shortly before 8 a.m. on Tuesday has been released from the hospital.

The incident began with a 911 call about someone with a gun attempting to break into a house. Just moments after the first officer arrived, police say a man with a gun turned and shot at him.

More police cars sped to the scene and the officer was taken to the hospital by another officer.

Mura says the officer, a 15-year veteran of the force, was responding to a call about a man with a gun trying to break into a home. The officer was shot in the neck upon his arrival, but police say he is now in good condition and is talking to doctors.

“When the officer arrived, immediately upon his arrival, he was fired at by a suspect, struck at least one time in the upper body,” Mura said.

One man was taken into custody in the area with the help of a K9, and was taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries. 

During an update Tuesday evening, police identified the suspect as James Hunter, 54. Watch the full press conference in the video player below:

Hunter is a four-time convicted felon.

News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean: “What do you think prompted this person to fire at one of your officers?”

Mura: “Who could say? Who could say, Berkeley?”

The full press conference with RPD Captain Mark Mura can be viewed below:

Hague Street and surrounding areas are expected to remain closed for several hours. 

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has released the following statement:

“I am grateful that the officer is doing well and with his family. Please keep them in your prayers. The news today reminds us of the risks our men and women of the Rochester Police Department face every day. I am thankful for their service which keeps us safe and allows us to enjoy this holiday season. God bless them and our City.”

Willie Lightfoot, the Vice President of City Council and its Public Safety Chair, released the following statement:

"This morning a Rochester Police Department officer was shot in the line of duty and is in stable condition with his family. On behalf of the City Council, I want to extend our thoughts and prayers to the officer, his family, and the entire Rochester Police Department. Gun violence continues to plague our community, and we must all work together to get illegal firearms off our streets and make our community safer for citizens and police alike."

News10NBC's Berkeley Brean was on the scene, where a large radius has been set up. Earlier, a helicopter was seen flying over the situation. 

News10NBC's Jennifer Lewke was outside of the emergency department at Strong Memorial Hospital, where she reports a large number of public safety officers at the entrance. 

Locust Club President Mike Mazzeo says the officer is "in good spirits" and that his injuries are not as serious as they could have been.

Mazzeo says the officer is a Rochester native whose father is also involved with law enforcement.

"He's a good officer," Mazzeo said. "He's been on the road for a long time. He does his job well, and this is what they do every day. Just like they would respond to this call, you just never know what's going to happen."

RPD Police Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan said they will not be releasing the name of the officer until all of his family has been notified.

A spokesperson for RPD says the suspect was not arraigned Tuesday, and will not be arraigned Wednesday.

Police say the man they took into custody will be charged with obstruction and attempted assault on a police officer Tuesday night in connection to a separate incident in October 2019 when he allegedly struck a police officer with a car.

Police say he will also be charged in connection to this incident, but are still investigating, so they did not announce what the charges are.

News10NBC crews are on the scene and we will provide more updates as they become available. 

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