Niagara Gazette


February 25, 2014

Woman shot after struggle with Falls police detective

Falls police at the scene of a shooting in the area of 27th Street and Orleans Avenue have clarified that a woman was shot and wounded after another woman grabbed at the gun of a narcotics detective.

Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto confirmed the shooting which occurred around 8:30 p.m. The woman's wounds are not believed to be life threatening. The detective was not injured.

DalPorto said Narcotics Division detectives were assisting members of the Niagara County Drug Task Force in what was described as a "buy-bust" operation involving a methamphetamine investigation.  

As detectives attempted to arrest a suspect, police said he fled into a nearby house. 

"He was also wanted out of Lockport on felony assault warrants," DalPorto said. "One of the Task Force investigators spotted him through a window of the house and, because of the warrants, the detectives and investigators made entry into the home." 

DalPorto said the suspect attempted to dive out a window of the home but was taken into custody. Then as detectives attempted to "clear" others in the house, they encountered two women.

"One of the women began to fight with a detective and his gun accidentally went off," DalPorto said.

The bullet grazed the leg of the second woman.

"Her injuries do not appear to be serious," DalPorto said. 

The Gazette is following developments and will provide updates as they become available.

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