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UPDATE: Officer, suspect both shot during struggle at traffic stop in Buffalo


UPDATE: The officer who was shot in the ear will survive and the suspect has died from his wounds.

Buffalo Police reported an officer was struck by gunfire and a suspect has also been shot in Black Rock.

The officer was shot in the ear, but was taken to Erie County Medical Center and is expected to live, two police sources told The Buffalo News.

The suspect, who was also shot, was taken to Kenmore Mercy Hospital. His condition was not known.

The identities of the officer and the suspect were not immediately released by police.

“It started during a traffic stop. The officer was fighting with the individual and the individual got the officer’s gun and shot the officer,” a third police source told The Buffalo News. “The suspect was shot and ran several blocks and was apprehended without incident.”

The incident occurred at around 5 p.m. Sunday at Garfield Street and Hartman Place.

A woman who witnessed the shooting, Liz Brennan of Buffalo, talked with Mary Friona, a freelancer who writes for The Buffalo News and writes the Totally Buffalo blog. Brennan was interviewed by police about the shooting, Friona said.

Here’s what Friona wrote on her blog about Brennan, who was in a car passing by the incident:

“It all happened in the Black Rock section of Buffalo. Liz Brennan said she saw a man wrestling with two Buffalo Police officers. “The cops were trying to restrain him, trying to get him to the ground but he wouldn’t go down. He refused to go down. He was moving erratically, and wouldn’t go down and eventually broke away. We did not see the officer get shot, we just saw his ear hanging, we don’t understand how we missed that. All of a sudden his ear was hit. He was hit. I couldn’t believe it.'”

“She went on to say what happened next, “One police officer stood up, was screaming help me, help me. His ear was hanging on by a thread. He was screaming and yelling. The other officer got on his one knee and fired two shots, he missed and put his gun away and started chasing him.”

“We did see the officer get down and shoot twice as the man was running. It was awful. The officer was three feet from our car. He was saying, ‘Oh my God I’m shot’. It was the scariest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. The man started to run, he ran through a few yards on Peoria Street at Garfield. There was a witness on scene, a nurse, who was helping the police officer. Then all of a sudden, there were a lot of people helping the police officer.”

Brennan said, “I’m pregnant and the only thing I was thinking was that I could get shot. That and the fact that the officer was shot.”

The officer who was shot is a Buffalo police officer assigned to the housing unit, according to police sources.

Shortly before 6:45 p.m., police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said, “A little after 5 p.m. an officer was shot at Garfield Street and Hartmann Place. The injuries to the officer are unknown but appear non-life-threatening.”

Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda, Mayor Byron W. Brown and Deputy Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood and other top officials are at ECMC with the injured officer, DeGeorge said.

DeGeorge declined to provide any information about the suspect.

At least two dozen police cars were blocking off Garfield Street and other streets in the vicinity of the shooting.


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