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Man charged with attempted murder for firing shots at a Buffalo police officer

Posted at 10:53 AM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 16:12:28-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Buffalo man is facing attempted murder charges after investigators say he fired shots at a Buffalo police officer.

Pablo Alicea, 19, is charged with attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

According to detectives, Alicea jumped out the window of a home in the 2000 block of Niagara Street Monday after police entered the house with a search warrant. After jumping, Alicea opened fire on a member of the Buffalo Police SWAT team outside. The shots hit a wooden post. The officer returned fire. No one was hurt. Alicea was taken into custody after a short chase.

According to police, officers removed a quantity of heroin from the home.

Cesarae Thomas, 40, was also arrested during a search of the home. Thomas is charged with criminal possession of a weapon. Police say he had an illegal, loaded gun in his possession.

A third man who was arrested in this case has been deemed innocent.