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February 11, 2013

Memories still fresh 10 years after Lockport shootout


Niagara Gazette — “He wanted to go out in a blaze of glory and take a cop with him,” Ritchie said.

Ritchie hoped to take cover, but was hit by bullets coming through the windshield as he laid across the seat. “The shot went through my lung and I couldn’t breath. I laid on the ground and played dead. I was trying to catch my breath. I couldn’t breathe.”

Ritchie sustained three gunshot wounds, two in the legs and one in the chest. Remarkably, the German shepherd Blesk was unharmed.

Seekins kept firing and tried to get help for his friends. He was unable to retrieve his shotgun from the car and was armed only with his handgun. “One of my rounds hit him in the foot, put him down,” Seekins said.

“At this point the calvary was coming,” Ritchie said. “(Kanalley) was getting nervous and went into the wooded area.”

Among the “calvary” was Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Kevin Mack. He was pulling into the trailer park when he heard the words on his police radio: “Officer down.”

A year after the encounter, Mack recounted what happened next. First, he threw a set of road spikes across the entrance and began his approach with his patrol car’s lights turned off.

Soon, he saw a “single subject” walking about 50 yards from the scene. Kanalley then turned and fired his assault rifle.

“He disabled my patrol car with the second shot,” Mack recalled. The deputy threw open his door, reached his hand out on the windshield and ducked down, firing nine rounds.

Kanalley dropped to the ground. “I’m thinking, naturally, ‘I hit him.’ “ Mack, who had never before fired his gun except in training, said.

After all the gunplay, Kanalley pointed his AK-47 to his own head and fired. But before killing himself, Kanalley had words for Seekins.

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