ROCHESTER (AP) — A man suspected of shooting a police officer Tuesday in Rochester, New York, was arrested and charged in a prior assault on an officer, police said.
Rochester Police Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan said a police dog tracked 54-year-old James Hunter to a backyard near where the officer was shot. The dog bit Hunter, requiring treatment at a hospital.
The officer was wounded in the upper body around 8 a.m. while responding to an attempted burglary call at a Hague Street home on the city’s west side.
The wounded officer was released Tuesday evening from Strong Memorial Hospital. His name has not been made public.
Herriott-Sullivan said charges for the shooting are pending.
In the meantime, she said, Hunter is being charged in connection with an incident last year in which an officer was hit by a car during a traffic stop.
Herriott-Sullivan described him as a “lifetime parolee” with multiple convictions on his record.
Online court records didn’t list a lawyer who could speak on Hunter’s behalf.
The officer who was shot was the first to respond to the attempted burglary call, Capt. Mark Mura said. Police were told that an armed man was trying to break into a home.
The officer, whose name was not made public, has been with the Rochester Police Department for about 15 years. Mura said it was not immediately known if he returned fire.
The gunman fled on foot and a gun was found at the scene, Capt. Frank Umbrino said.
Rochester’s police department has been roiled in recent months by the revelation that police officers fatally injured a Black man, Daniel Prude, in March by placing a hood over his head and pressing him to the ground causing him to suffocate.
The chief was fired after he and other senior police officials said they would resign. Protests raged for weeks.