Buffalo Police Officer Shoots Man in Leg | News
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Buffalo Police are investigating an incident in which an officer fired his weapon.
In a statement issued Thursday morning, Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards said officers were responding to a call of an assault at 935 Walden Avenue at about 3:50 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
The officers were confronted by an armed man who ran from the house. A Ferry-Fillmore District officer chased the suspect, identified as 19-year-old Lamont Cooper, and caught him a short distance away. In the ensuing struggle, the suspect apparently reached for the gun several times, Richards said.
The officer shot Cooper in the upper leg. The suspect was taken to Erie County Medical Center by ambulance, where he remained under police guard Wednesday night. His injuries are believed to be non life-threatening, police said.
Police have charged Cooper with three counts of assault and harassment, possession of a loaded weapon, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and menacing a police officer.
The suspect's loaded handgun was recovered at the scene. Officers from the Homicide Squad, Crime Scene Unit and Internal Affairs investigators responded to the shooting scene to gather evidence and conduct their investigation.
Stay with Channel 2 News and wgrz.com for updates as the investigation continues.