Police: Officer’s eyes, face, neck burned in unprovoked attack in Virginia


NORFOLK, Va. — (NPD) – Norfolk police have identified the man involved in the attack on a police officer early this morning.

51-year-old Dale Patrick Bright of Virginia Beach has been charged with one count of malicious wounding by means of a caustic substance.

Bright is currently being held without bond at the Norfolk City Jail on charges of malicious wounding by means of caustic substance.

Shortly before 10:00 Monday morning, a Norfolk police sergeant exited the Dunkin Donuts at 841 N. Military Highway. The sergeant was not

on a call for service and was walking to his patrol vehicle in the parking lot when Bright approached. Unprovoked, Bright threw a

liquid, caustic substance in the sergeant’s face and then ran from the scene.

The injured sergeant gave chase while calling for additional backup and relaying Bright’s location and description.

Bright was taken into custody in the 5700 block of E. Virginia Beach Boulevard by the injured sergeant and assisting officers.

The sergeant was transported from the arrest location to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with injuries to his eyes, face, neck, and

hands. The injuries appear to be non-life threatening.
Police have not released a motive behind the attack and the investigation remains ongoing.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) — A police department spokeswoman said a sergeant had significant injuries after someone attacked him with a caustic substance Monday.

Investigators said 51-year-old Dale Patrick Bright, from Virginia Beach, approached the sergeant just before 10 a.m. outside Dunkin’ Donuts, located in the 800 block of North Military Highway, and threw a liquid substance into the sergeant’s face.

Detectives said Bright tried to run, but the injured sergeant chased after him while calling for backup and providing Bright’s location and description.

The sergeant was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with what appeared to be significant burns to his eyes, face, and neck.

The caustic substance will be sent to the State lab in order to determine what exactly the chemical agent was.

Investigators believe the assault was unprovoked.

Bright is being held without bond at the Norfolk City Jail on a charge of Malicious Wounding by Means of Caustic Substance.