Michael Dormer, 21, was trying to help a friend and ended up getting stabbed in the stomach. The incident happened outside a 7-11 in St. James.
Dormer didn’t provoke the fight that prompted the stabbing, which happened at about 2:20 a.m., according to police. Yet he was the victim.
Police say the altercation began in the parking lot of The Irish Viking bar in St. James. Police said 20-year-old Michael Kiernan got into a fight with 22-year-old Jonathan Christ, punching him in the head and face, police said. Dormer tried to come to Christ's aid and was stabbed.
"The investigation so far indicates [Dormer] was coming to the aid of a friend," spokesman Jim Morgo told Newsday. "He was not involved in the fight itself."
Fortunately, police said Dormer’s wounds were not life threatening. Police responded to a call at the store on Lake Avenue, where they found him bleeding. The commissioner’s son was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center in stable condition.
Police say Kiernan fled but bouncers and bystanders chased him down, holding him until police arrived.
Kiernan, of Selden, was arrested on assault charges. He was scheduled to be arraigned Saturday.
Police did not know whether Kiernan had a lawyer, and there was no phone listing at the address they had for him.
Richard Dormer was an officer in Smithtown – the same precinct in which his son was stabbed -- for 30 years before retiring in 1993 as police chief, Newsday reported. He came out of retirement when he was named commissioner in 2004.