Police identify Rochester officer who was killed in the line of duty
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:00:29 GMT —
The Rochester Police Department has identified the officer shot and killed Wednesday night in the line of duty.
Officer Daryl Pierson, 32, died at Rochester General Hospital.
He leaves behind a wife and two young children.
The youngest is a newborn; his oldest child started kindergarten on Wednesday.
Pierson was shot while pursuing a suspect in the area on Hudson Avenue and Warsaw Street in the city's Northeast side.
Investigators said there was a shootout during the chase between the officer and suspect.
An innocent bystander was also shot.
The suspect, who sources have identified to 13WHAM as Thomas Johnson III, 38, is in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital.
13WHAM has learned Johnson was released from prison three weeks ago.
He served time for second-degree attempted robbery.
A page has been set up online to raise money for Pierson's family: Youcaring.com.
Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler offered his condolences to the Rochester Police Department, "It is with a heavy heart that I send my sincere condolences to our brother officers in Rochester for the loss that they suffered last night. You all know as well as we do that this is a very dangerous job that we do each and everyday. For the past weeks because of incidents that have gone on in New York City and in Missouri, police departments have taken a big hit on the TV and in the news. Even here locally we've had our share of concerns about the police. This should just serve as a somber reminder of the difficult job and the sacrifices we're all willing to make each and every day for the community that we serve in."