Buffalo Man Shot by Police Officer
The Buffalo Police Department is investigating an officer involved shooting that happened on Saturday, September 12.
The shooting, which happened on Saturday afternoon just before 3 pm, was near Genesee Street and Ash Street. Police were responding to a call of a person with a baseball bat, according to WKBW. Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo said one of the officers that went to the area was a crisis intervention officer.
The man with the bat was acting erratically, according to the call requesting police officers. The officers tried to take the bat from the man, but he walked away. They followed him a few blocks. The man then swung the bat at an officer. He then hit an officer, which prompted the other office to fire two shots at him. One of the shots hit his abdomen. Police said the officers did try to use non-lethal force first, but the pepper spray did not stop the man. The man was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he is listed in critical but stable condition. The body camera footage from the officers will be reviewed and used in the investigation.