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Rochester Police officer shot and wounded

On Tuesday around 8:00am the Rochester Police Department were called to the 300 block of Hague Street for a male with a gun attempting to break into a home. As officer’s responded to the scene, one officer arrived to check the area. As the officer arrived on scene, James Hunter, 54, shot at the officer striking him in the neck. The officer did return fire, but did not strike Mr. Hunter.

The 15-year veteran of the Rochester Police Department called for help and was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital by fellow officers. The officer was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

James Hunter left the scene after shooting the officer and was later apprehended by officers. James Hunter is. Four-time convicted felony, who was currently on parole and had an active warrant for his arrest.

Captain Frank Umbrino stated that James Hunter was charged with attempted assault on a police officer and obstruction charges from an incident back in August of 2019.

James Hunter is currently in Monroe County Main Jail and will be facing charges in reference to today’s incident.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren’s office released the following statement:

"The news today reminds us of the risks our men and women of the Rochester Police Department face every day," she said in a statement. "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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