Niagara Gazette

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February 11, 2013

Memories still fresh 10 years after Lockport shootout

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Niagara Gazette — Kanalley pulled into the NOCO station, spun his car around and aimed it at the police. “He pulled out and tried to T-bone us but he missed. He nearly went into the ditch himself,” Seekins said.

Kanalley appeared to be going back toward the city, but instead turned into the adjacent Village Mobile Home Park.

Stover came out of the Woodlands and joined the chase into the Village. Eggert and Seekins were in one car, Stover in another and Ritchie was in the K-9 SUV with Blesk, his K-9 partner.

It was snowing so hard there were nearly whiteouts and Kanalley disappeared on one of the side streets — but he quickly re-emerged.

“As he turned I could see flashes coming through his windshield,” Seekins said. “I yelled, ‘get out.’ My cell got shot. It was on the dashboard.”

The bullet-propelled cell phone hit Seekins as he was getting out. The phone took a bullet on the No. 7 key, but still worked. “How I never got shot, I’ll never know,” Seekins said. The bullet holes in the windshield indicated Kanalley’s bullets would have hit the new detective lieutenant in the throat.

While Seekins was running for cover behind the patrol car, Kanalley slammed the car door with his bumper. At the same time, Eggert was hit by a bullet while escaping out of the passenger door.

Ritchie recalled, “I saw headlights coming at me and there were gun shots. He was shooting at Scott Seekins and Larry Eggert’s car. They bailed out and went to cover. He was blasting away and I ducked down. He rammed my car head on.” The collision broke Ritchie’s jaw and he lost several teeth.

Kanalley, who had removed the stock from his AK-47, was resting the gun on the dash and shooting through his windshield.

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