BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - A Transit Police officer shot a suspected car thief on Thursday after being attacked with pepper spray, authorities said.
NFTA Police Officer James Delacy stopped the suspect who was reportedly in a stolen vehicle near Linden Avenue and Bryant Street , said NFTA Spokesman C. Douglas Hartmayer.
There was a confrontation and struggle, Hartmayer said, and the suspect grabbed the officer's pepper spray, spraying him in the face.
That is when Officer Delacy fired one shot striking the suspect in the upper rear thigh.
The suspect, Kevin J. Allen, was rushed to Erie County Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Officer Delacy was treated at the same hospital for effects of the pepper spray.
Allen is charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and driving a stolen vehicle.
BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Buffalo Police are investigating a shooting on the 200 block of Linwood Avenue that landed one victim at ECMC as well as the shooter.
Spokesman for the NFTA, C. Douglas Hartmayer, confirmed with Eyewitness News that an NFTA Police officer was pursuing a suspect Thursday afternoon he believed was driving a stolen vehicle.
When the suspect got out of the vehicle, a foot chase followed.
The suspect, described as a large man, then confronted the NFTA officer. A hostile situation escalated when the suspect was able to allegedly steal pepper spray out of the officer's belt.
The NFTA officer responded by shooting the suspect in the buttocks.
Shortly after that, Buffalo Police and Rural Metro Ambulances arrived at the scene, taking the shooting victim and the NFTA officer to ECMC.
The injuries sustained by the suspect and the NFTA officer are not considered to be life threatening.
NFTA internal affairs is investigating the shooting at this time. The identity of the NFTA officer is not being released at the time of this posting.
The NFTA Police car had a license plate reader in it, which could have possibly been the reason the officer believed the suspect involved was driving a stolen vehicle.
An Eyewitness News crew is on the scene and will have the very latest.