Police officer shot in Rochester released from hospital, suspect arrested

Rochester

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A suspect has been arrested after a Rochester police officer was shot in the neck Tuesday morning on the city’s west side.

Rochester police Capt. Mark Mura said the officer responded to a house on the 300 block of Hague Street around 8 a.m. for the report of a man with a gun attempting to get into a house.

“When the officer arrived, immediately upon arrival, he was fired on by the suspect,” Capt. Mura said.

Mura said the officer was struck at least one time in the upper body, and was rushed to Strong Memorial Hospital by another officer. Capt. Mura said the officer is in stable condition, adding that he’s lucky to be alert given his injury.

“The officer is alert, awake and speaking with doctors right now,” Capt. Mura said. “Anytime one of our officers is hurt, it’s a stressful situation. We don’t want anyone in our community hurt, especially our officers.”

The suspect has been identified as James Hunter, 54. Investigators say Hunter has a lengthy criminal history, involving multiple robbery and weapons convictions. Police say he was wanted for striking an RPD officer with a vehicle in 2019. That officer was hospitalized at the time.

Investigators say Hunter was bitten by a police K9 after the shooting and may have been injured jumping over a number of fences while fleeing. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Capt. Mura said the officer who was struck is a 15-year veteran of the RPD, but he wouldn’t release his name pending family being notified.

Capt. Mura said Hague Street and the surrounding area is expected to be closed for most of the day as authorities investigate.

Chancy Phelps owns Community Care Management Services in the area of Hague Street. “I don’t know what was going on but I’m surprised it happened here,” Phelps said. He added that he’s not nervous about the area and said incidents like this don’t usually happen.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren released a statement about the shooting Tuesday morning:

“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.”

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