RPD Officer Shooting

Hear reactions to the verdict in the Thomas Johnson III trial from the Hall of Justice, courtesy of Veronica Volk of WXXI News.

Wednesday on Connections, we covered the funeral services of fallen Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson. Our broadcast began with a eulogy from Lieutenant Governor and Former Rochester Police Chief Bob Duffy, and concluding with Pierson's wife, Amy, and Rev. Mitch Evans, Pierson's Father-in-law. 

WATCH: Funeral for Officer Daryl Pierson

Sep 10, 2014

Several thousand mourners are expected to attend funeral services at the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial in Rochester Wednesday morning for a police officer killed in the line of duty last week.

Daryl Pierson's funeral begins at 11 a.m.

Police said the 32-year-old officer was fatally shot last Wednesday night by a man wanted for a parole violation who fled from a traffic stop. Pierson's partner shot and wounded the suspect. 

Hundreds of law enforcement officers from as far away as California are expected to attend the services. 

In the aftermath of the shooting of Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren joins us to talk about the next steps for the city.

Funeral arrangements for Officer Daryl Pierson, the Rochester police officer shot and killed Wednesday night, were made public Friday afternoon.

Calling hours will be Monday from 2 - 4 p.m. and from 7 - 9 p.m. at Bartolomeo and Perotto Funeral Home on Vintage Lane in Greece. Two more viewings will be held from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Blue Cross Arena on Exchange Boulevard in Rochester.

'Blue Mass' Held to Honor Officer Pierson in Brighton

Sep 5, 2014
Michelle Faust

Law enforcement from around the area is mourning the death of Officer Daryl Pierson, who was killed in a shooting Wednesday night.

Bishop Salvatore Matano gave a special “Blue Mass” in Pierson’s honor Friday morning at 7 at Our Lady Queen of Peace church in Brighton.

Matano says the incident is a time to pray for peace for the Rochester area and to give thanks to the police that do dangerous work.

youcaring.com, Theresa Garritano

An on-line fundraiser has collected more than $24,000 in donations for the family of slain Rochester Police officer Daryl Pierson as of noon on Friday.

Officer Pierson, killed in the line of duty Wednesday night, leaves behind a wife and two young children, a 4-year old son who just started kindergarten this week, and a 3-month old daughter.

A childhood friend of Pierson's sister-in-law started the fundraiser on YouCaring.com to help the family with funeral and memorial costs.

Rochester Police apparently have video footage of the incident that led to a police officer’s death on Wednesday night on Hudson Avenue.

Court documents refer to video surveillance obtained from several area businesses, which police officials allege show the suspect, Thomas Johnson, shooting Officer Daryl Pierson, attempted to shoot Officer Michael DiPaola and wounding a bystander.

The court papers also say police have a statement from Johnson in which he admits to being at the location where the incident happened and identified himself in the video.

Suspect in Police Shooting Could Face Life Sentence

Sep 4, 2014
Rochester Police Department

Rochester Police and the Monroe County District Attorney’s office released more details on the Wednesday’s fatal shooting of RPD Officer Daryl Pierson. The alleged shooter, Thomas Johnson III, is facing eight counts including aggravated murder. He’s currently at Strong Memorial Hospital under police guard. He was arraigned on those charges Thursday night in his hospital room and entered a not guilty plea.