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More details released on Hague St. incident where officer was shot and injured

Police near a home on Hague St. on Tuesday, December 22 after an officer was shot and wounded.
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Police near a home on Hague St. on Tuesday, December 22 after an officer was shot and wounded.

Rochester Police are releasing more details about Tuesday’s shooting and wounding of a city police officer on Hague St.

They have now identified the officer as Bryan Sheridan, a 14-year veteran of the department.

Authorities say that on Tuesday morning, Sheridan and officer Daniel Watson went to 385 Hague St. for the report of a man outside the house with a gun who was trying to kick in the door. As the officers began to approach the scene, James Hunter, 54, allegedly began firing at the cops.

Sheridan was shot in the head and upper body area as well as near his waist.

Both officers returned fire, but Hunter was not struck by the bullets and ran away. He was located soon afterward hiding under some debris on Marlow St.

Sheridan was released from the hospital earlier this week and is now at home, recovering from his injuries.

Hunter was taken to the hospital for treatment of a bite from a police dog and a broken leg he suffered while jumping over fences to get away. He was arraigned Thursday in his hospital room.

Police have now charged Hunter with attempted aggravated murder, menacing, burglary and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police say that the day before the shooting, someone broke into the house at 385 Hague St. and stole some items. Hunter is accused of possessing property stolen in the burglary.

He also faces charges of striking a police officer while trying to avoid arrest during an incident last year on Ambrose St.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.