The officer stabbed after responding to a family-trouble call has been identified
ROCHESTER — A 23-year veteran of the Rochester Police Department suffered severe injuries after responding to a call for a family trouble on Peck Street Friday morning.
During a news conference on Saturday, Chief La'Ron Singletary said Officer Dennison Wright was attacked with a knife by a 28-year-old man. Wright was stabbed multiple times in his upper and lower body in what Singletary described as a "vicious and brutal attack." The most serious injuries were to his head and face, the chief said.
Singletary said two Good Samaritans helped restrain until other officers arrived.
Wright was taken to Rochester General Hospital by responding officers and underwent surgery for his injuries. He remains in serious but stable condition.
Singletary said Wright responded to the call at the Peck Street residence after a call had come in to 911. He arrived on scene at 12:25 p.m. and requested assistance at 12:30 p.m. The chief said the suspect was under a bed on the first floor and eventually came out from underneath the bed and tried to run out the front door. Family members tried to stop him, as did Wright, and the man began punching the police officer in the face, then repeatedly stabbed him with a knife, the chief said. Wright was able to fire one round at the suspect with his service weapon, but missed. Though having been repeatedly stabbed, the officer eventually was able to hold the man down, and the two Good Samaritans helped restrain him. The suspect, still actively resisting when other officers arrived, was tased and taken to Strong Memoral Hospital, where he remained under observation Saturday, the chief said.
Rochester Police and Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley have not named or charged the suspect. He was not injured in the incident, but Singletary said he is being evaluated at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Wright’s family issued the following statement:
"We would like to thank everyone for their support in this difficult situation. We are humbled by the outpouring of genuine concern and compassion from his brothers and sisters in blue, the medical staff at Rochester General, and his family and friends.
"The overwhelming support is a true testament of Denny’s character…a caring, giving officer who always did and always will place the safety of others before his own. On behalf of our loving Denny, thank you and please keep him in your prayers."