Niagara Gazette — And for Seekins: “It’s a nightmare that will never stop.”
The snowy shootout started Feb. 8, 2003 shortly after 11 p.m. — a Saturday night at a busy Niagara Hotel at 58 North Transit St. — and ended several hours later at a Transit Road trailer park.
At the bar, Kanalley had fired his assault weapon at a man whose girlfriend Kanalley had once dated. He then fled.
Seekins, who had just been promoted to detective lieutenant, was summoned to collect evidence. “The Niagara Hotel was all shot up inside. I was collecting bullet fragments and bullet casings,” he said.
The whereabouts of the shooter were initially unknown but a woman who was with Kanalley told police he might be in the southeast part of the city.
At 4 a.m. Officer Michael Stover located Kanalley’s car traveling on Beattie Avenue but couldn’t keep up with him. “Slow speed and weather conditions dictated,” Seekins explained. “Kanalley did well because he had four studded snow tires on his front-wheel drive car.”
Police began a parallel pursuit, with most cars heading south on Beattie Avenue while Seekins and Eggert , a captain at the time, went south on Transit in a separate vehicle. Seekins was driving.
The convoy took the Old Beattie Road route into the Woodlands trailer park. Seekins and Eggert chose to go into the southern entrance, near the NOCO station on Transit Road.
“We pulled in there and stopped,” Seekins said. “Presumably, he could come right at us, and that’s exactly what happened.”
The cops and Kanalley passed each other and the policemen took cover — Kanalley had an AK-47 with hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
“We turned around to tail him, hoping other units would catch up, but the other cars (coming from Old Beattie) lost track of him,” Seekins said.