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Show of support for City of Tonawanda Police after detective shot last week

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Posted at 7:44 AM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 07:44:54-04

CITY OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — A clear sign of support for City of Tonawanda Police was placed outside the headquarters on Niagara Street. Police sent us this photo of four signs reading, "Thank You C.O.T. Police" which were placed on the lawn of the headquarters over the weekend.

A City of Tonawanda Police detective was shot and injured last week during an investigation on Morgan Street. Police were investigating a shooting when they say the shooter returned to the scene, shooting Detective David Ljiljanich several times. The detective is recovering from his injuries. The victim in the initial shooting, Joseph Marasco, passed away at ECMC according to family.

The suspected shooter, Matthew Gerwitz, was arraigned last week on two counts of attempted murder in the first degree in connection to the shots fired at police officers, one count of attempted murder in the second degree in connection to the shooting of Marasco, and two counts related to weapon possession.