BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The already busy intersection of Main St. and Court St. in downtown Buffalo was filled with police sirens and officers, some with their weapons drawn, at the beginning of the afternoon commute Wednesday.
Hundreds of people waiting for the Metro said dozens of police vehicles swarmed the area around Main Place Mall when two drug suspects ditched their vehicle and tried to give the police the slip.
"I was scared. I was," said Mitchell Byrd, who was waiting for the bus.
"My heart started pumping. I don't want to cry but it's really a shame," he said.
Devonna Johnson was waiting at the corner with her friends when she saw one of the suspects run into the crowd and try to blend in.
"I was scared," she said.
"I didn't know what was happening. I thought somebody had got shot. I didn't hear any gunshots so I was scared," Johnson added.
Lackawanna police said it all started during an undercover drug surveillance operation. Police were tracking a white Cadillac Escalade with a woman and two men inside.
The woman got out of the car, to make a drug buy, police said. She was arrested.
When officers tried to pull the vehicle over, it took off with the two men still inside.
One police vehicle was struck by the SUV and suffered $6,000 damage. No one was hurt.
Lackawanna and Buffalo police managed to arrested one of the men, but the driver of the SUV got away.