Corrections Officer Henry Wright And Wife Targeted, Shot, In Home Invasion
NYS Corrections Officer Henry Wright And Wife Shot In Targeted Attack
Queens, NY – A New York State Corrections Officer and his wife were shot in a home invasion on Sunday evening. Henry Wright, age 58, and his wife Sharon Floyd-Wright, age 52, were rushed to Jamaica Hospital.
According to news sources, a man knocked on the door and said “it’s Rob.” Rob is a also a Corrections Officer but his full name has not been released. Two armed men then pushed their way into the Wright home shortly before 7 PM when Corrections Officer Wright’s wife answered the door. NYS Corrections Officer Henry Wright was shot five times in the torso and his wife Sharon Floyd-Wright was shot in the shoulder. Mrs. Floyd-Wright fought back and struck one of the suspects with a hammer in the head before they fled in a sedan that had been double-parked. No further description of the suspect vehicle is known. As he fled, one of the attackers said, “let Rob know I was here.” It is unknown what “Rob’s” connection is to the shooting, if there is any.
Police responded to a call for assistance that night and found Corrections Officer Wright unconscious and unresponsive. Blood was found near the location where the suspects’ vehicle had been parked and six 9 mm shell casings were recovered at the scene. Neighbors said that the Wrights had lived in the home for years and that their home had been broken into a few months ago when no one was home.
The suspects were described as being in their 20’s, wearing black hoodies and blue jeans. Nothing was stolen during the incident. Local hospitals in the city, Nassau, and Suffolk were checked by police to see if anyone had been treated for injuries consistent with being struck with a hammer. About a dozen members of NYS Corrections and the NYPD gathered in the Jamaica Hospital Emergency Room to show their support while injured NYS Corrections Officer Wright underwent surgery. He is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. Corrections Officer Wright works at the Queensborough Correctional Facility in Long Island City and has been a Corrections Officer for 35 years.
On Monday, November 28, 2016, police sources said that they believed Corrections Officer Wright was intentionally targeted. “That’s what inmates do when they get out if they have a problem with you — they try to find you,” said an unidentified police source. Neighbors who live in the area are on edge and one said “I want the people who did this brought to justice. [The Wrights] did not deserve to be treated like this, bust in on and shot. It is terrifying.”
No arrests have yet been made and the investigation is ongoing. On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, the New York State Correctional Officers Police Benevolent Association offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this incident. According to Michael Powers, NYSCO PBA President, “We are shocked at the shooting of one of our most valued members and his wife. This level of violence, especially against a law enforcement member, cannot be tolerated.” Anyone with information is urged to call the NYPD or Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured hero Corrections Officer Henry Wright and hero Sharon Floyd-Wright who bravely fought off the attackers.
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