ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A Rochester police officer was attacked by a suspect with a knife while responding to a domestic disturbance on Peck Street in the city Friday.
RPD officials say the officer, a 23-year veteran of the force, responded to Peck Street at 11:45 a.m. While on scene, the officer was attacked by a male suspect in his 20s who was wielding a knife.
The officer sustained multiple stab wounds during the attack. He received multiple stab wounds to the face. Police say the officer had successful surgery at Rochester General, and is currently listed in serious but stable condition.
During the altercation, the officer did fire his weapon once, but no one was struck. The officer is was taken to Rochester General Hospital for treatment.
The suspect was taken into custody after being Tased. The suspect was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, and has not yet been charged.
RPD deputy chief Mark Mura said bystanders intervened.
“I can’t state enough how important it was that those community members stepped up to help,” Mura said.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren released this statement:
“Today’s news reminds us of the bravery and dedication of the men and women of our Rochester Police Department. I ask all those of faith to pray for the Officer’s recovery and well-being. The residents who intervened deserve our gratitude and their actions speak to the true spirit of our city.”
Due to the incident, dozens of police cars and several ambulances responded to the scene on Peck Street.
A number of police cars were seen at RGH after the officer was transported there.
Police officials say they expect Peck Street to be closed for most of the day while they investigate.
Full press conference with RPD Deputy Chief Mark Mura
37 Peck Street, where this incident occurred, was the same house to which the S.W.A.T. tea was called to end a standoff in June of this year. The man arrested in that incident was Keith Williams.
The officer stabbed on Friday has received surgery on one of his eyes as a result of this incident. His condition will be updated as this story develops.