Sheriffs Deputy Kills Shooting Suspect

Posted by:  Greg Borowski, Producer  

Created: 7/26/2007 12:54:29 AM
Updated: 7/26/2007 10:34:22 AM

Erie County Sheriff investigators say a deputy shot and killed a man on Grand Island Wednesday night after the man refused to drop his weapon.

Authorities say deputies, responding to a 911 call about a possible suicide, saw a man chasing a woman with a gun. The man open fired on the woman, hitting her at least once. At that time, the man was ordered by deputies to drop his gun. When he did not, deputies shot the suspect several times.

This whole incident occured in a yard near the intersection of Crescent Road and Broadway on the south end of Grand Island.

Investigators say the woman, who was taken to ECMC, is expected to live.

While deputies performed CPR in an attempt to revive the suspect, a pipe bomb was found in a backpack that the man was carrying. The Erie County bomb squad was called in to remove the device early Thursday morning. During that time a few residences in the area were evacuated.

Around daybreak, investigators and the bomb squad searched the residence of the suspect on Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls. It is not clear what they took from that apartment.

The initial investigation by the Erie County Sheriff's Department shows that the deputy was justified in killing the suspect before he could do further harm.