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ECSO arrests suspect who allegedly threw gas grenade at patrol vehicle

Two males posing as utility workers in Erie County
Posted at 1:23 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 13:24:01-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Erie County Sheriff's Office announced an arrest has been made following an attempt to locate a suspect who allegedly threw a gas grenade at a patrol vehicle.

According to the sheriff's office around 6:15 p.m. on January 24 a deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop along Route 438 on the Seneca Nation of Indians’ Cattaraugus Territories. The suspect refused to pull over and allegedly tossed a non-lethal chemical grenade at the patrol vehicle.

Officials say powder residue from the gas grenade entered the cabin of the patrol vehicle and caused a reaction, the pursuit was terminated. The vehicle was last observed traveling west on Route 438.

On January 28, 40-year-old David Coffey of Marble, North Carolina was taken into custody and charged with:

  • Reckless endangerment, a class-D felony;
  • Unlawful fleeing from police, a class-A misdemeanor;
  • Obstruction of governmental administration, a class-A misdemeanor;
  • Resisting arrest, a class-A misdemeanor;
  • Unlawful possession of a noxious matter, a class-B misdemeanor.

23-year-old Abigail Klink was also taken into custody for multiple out-of-area warrants.

Coffey is remanded without bail and Klink is awaiting extradition for the outstanding warrants.

The deputy was transported to an area hospital and later released.