Man accused of shooting an RPD officer Tuesday morning described as '4-time convicted felon' | WHEC.com

Man accused of shooting an RPD officer Tuesday morning described as '4-time convicted felon'

Patrick Moussignac
Updated: December 22, 2020 11:23 PM
Created: December 22, 2020 10:54 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — News10NBC took a look into the background of the man who allegedly shot a police officer in the neck Tuesday morning.

Rochester Police say the suspect, 54-year-old James Hunter, is a lifetime parolee who spent the last few decades in and out of prison.

When Rochester Police arrested Hunter Tuesday morning, he was actually charged for a traffic stop incident that happened back on Aug. 29, 2019. 

During the stop, officers discovered that he was wanted on a parole absconding warrant and a petit larceny warrant from the Town of Irondequoit.

"When the officers approached the vehicle, Mr. Hunter allegedly put the vehicle in drive, and struck a parked vehicle in front of him, and as he turned to get out of the way and flee the scene he struck a Rochester Police Officer causing injuries in which she was hospitalized for," Capt. Frank Umbrino said.

Hunter got away at the time but is now charged with attempted assault on a police officer and obstructing governmental administration. 

Since the Rochester Police Department does not release mug shots we do not have his picture as of Tuesday night. 

Hunter is described as four-time convicted felon.

According to the New York State Department of Corrections website, Hunter was sentenced back in 1983 on an attempted first-degree robbery charge in Queens. In February of 1987, he served time for two counts of attempted robbery in the second degree again in Queens. In August 1993 Hunter was in prison again for robbery in the first degree in Nassau County. He was released in 2004 and was paroled for life.

As for Tuesday morning's incident, Umbrino says Hunter will be charged eventually.

"The investigation is still in its very early stages," Umbrino said. "We still have a lot of evidence to gather. We're still processing several different locations right now. So fortunately enough in this case we have the luxury to file in those other charges, and that when we're ready and our investigation is complete we'll be logging charge related to early this morning."

Late Tuesday night News10NBC received an email from the Rochester Police Department which said that Hunter will not be arraigned on Wedesday. We will continue to follow this story and bring you any updates as soon as we get them.


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