RPD Chief Implements New Patrol Policy Following “Brutal, Vicious” Attack on Officer

RPD Chief Implements New Patrol Policy Following “Brutal, Vicious” Attack on Officer

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By Tymoni Correa-Buntley Rochester

The Rochester police officer who was stabbed multiple times while responding to a call on Peck Street remains in serious but stable condition, according to police.

The incident happened around 12:30 p.m. Friday inside a home on Peck Street.

Chief La’Ron Singletary confirmed Officer Denny Wright responded to the home for a reported domestic incident alone. Once inside, he encountered the male suspect who was hiding under a bed. As family members and the officer attempted to coerce the suspect, he attempted to run out of the home. When the officer intervened, the suspect punched the officer then began to stab Wright multiple times.

During the incident, Officer Wright withdrew his gun and fired once, missing the suspect who continued to stab him. Two bystanders, who heard the commotion from outside, ran into the home to assist the officer in subduing the suspect. Ultimately, responding officers arrived and tased the suspect before taking him into custody.

Singletary said the suspect, who is not being identified, was not hurt but remains hospitalized under evaluation.

“I watched the body camera video and what I witnessed was a vicious and brutal attack on Officer Wright,” Singletary added. “We could easily be standing here talking about another set of circumstances had it not been for the resiliency of Officer Wright, the good Samaritans that intervened and the quick actions of the responding officers.”

Singletary said Officer Wright is a 20-year veteran of the force who has worked in the Clinton section his entire career and has trained many of the department’s officers.

“The outpouring of support is a true testament of Denny’s character—a loving and caring officer who did and will always put the safety of others before his own,” family members said in a statement.

Singletary said no one has been arrested for the attack and officers are not looking for a suspect.

“If there comes a time where someone is actually arrested for this offense, possible charges would be aggravated assault of a police officer, assault in the first degree, or frankly even aggravated murder,” Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley said.

The officer and suspect are being cared for at different hospitals.

Doorley said the incident is still under investigation; however, it has not been determined whether charges will be filed at this time.  

Singletary implemented a new policy Monday requiring two officers per patrol car. He said the policy will remain in effect until he decides to change it.

“We have implemented this process in the past during critical incidents when our officers have been directly or indirectly involved. As Chief, my concern is for the overall well-being of my officers,” he added in a statement.

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