BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Sources tell Eyewitness News that a retired police officer interrupted a robbery in progress near a home on John Paul court, in the vicinity of William & Fillmore Avenue on the east side of the city.
The suspect who was shot apparently fled the scene to a nearby housing development.
In a release issued to Eyewitness News Thursday evening, Buffalo Police report that the suspect in this incident has died.
Buffalo police were called to investigate a person shot, and found a black male victim collapsed at 855 William Street in front of the Monsignor Adamski Apartment complex early Thursday afternoon.
"As it turns out the victim was a suspect in an armed robbery," according to Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives.
The victim was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
"Homicide Squad detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the robbery suspect early Thursday afternoon," according to Richards.
Two men had originally approached the 71 year old victim, as he got out of his vehicle in his nearby driveway just after 12:30pm. They robbed the victim of an undisclosed amount of cash. "However, the victim pulled out a gun, which he possesses legally, and a struggle ensued with the suspects," according to Richards.
During the struggle, one shot was fired, and the two suspects fled on foot. The one suspect, who had been shot, collapsed... and the other fled with the victim's cash, east through the lot towards Fillmore Avenue.
In a disturbing chain of events, police are now looking for not only the other robbery suspect - but another man who happened upon the scene.
Police learned that as the victim lie on the ground, two guns were removed by a passerby. One of the weapons police know to be the 40 caliber Glock weapon that the robbery victim pulled out in an effort to defend himself.
"An individual took two guns away from a dying man, and he needs to surrender those weapons to police," Richards said.