Shootout, chase leave one man dead, another wounded
A teenager is dead, a man was shot in the hand and a third man is in police custody after a wild shootout with Buffalo police overnight on the city's East Side.
Police are now investigating whether the bullet that killed the 17-year-old was fired from a police officer's service gun. Police also are hunting for another suspect who was still on the loose today.
The names of the men involved in the incident have not been released.
The incident began at about 11:40 p.m. Sunday when police responded to a car chase that began in the area of East Delavan Avenue and Moselle Street.
Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said two cars were involved in a chase … a white Mercury Sable and a silver or gray BMW.
"Three suspects were in one car and one suspect was in the second car," DeGeorge said.
Police said the occupants of two vehicle exchanged gunfire as the cars sped throughout neighborhoods on the East Side.
During the shootout, one of the men inside the car was shot in his left hand.
More than a dozen police officers responded to the scene and officers began pursuing the two cars.
The white car apparently crashed at Langfield Drive and Eggert Road, where gunfire erupted between officers and a suspect.
"There were two different scenes of gunfire being exchanged," said DeGeorge. "There was the one between the two cars and the one between the suspects in the car and the officers. We're investigating to see if he was the one who shot the suspect."
The man who was shot in his hand was listed in fair condition this afternoon in the Erie County Medical Center. Police are calling him a suspect.
"This type of violence is totally unacceptable and it has to stop," Buffalo Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson said today.
The case is being investigated by detectives from the Homicide Unit and investigators with the Professional Standards Division, which is the department's internal affairs unit.