Officer’s gun fires during arrest of Big Lots suspect

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – A police officer’s gun went off during a dangerous encounter Tuesday night in Niagara Falls. The complicated case is evolving, and it turns out a suspect from the case is accused of stabbing someone outside of a Big Lots, in Lockport.

Niagara Falls Police officers and Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies were investigating a narcotics sale in the area of 27th and Niagara Street around 8:30 p.m. Officers say when they attempted to arrest 39-year-old Jason Clark, of Lockport, when he ran inside a home on Orleans Avenue.

Officers called for the man to exit the home, and he complied. But police say as they were taking him into a custody, 23-year-old Brittany Blenker, of Niagara Falls, charged at detectives and grabbed a gun, setting it off.

23-year-old Brittany Blenker, of Niagara Falls.
23-year-old Brittany Blenker, of Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls Police Chief Bryan Dalporto said, “When Jason Clark came out of the house, the officers were able to handcuff him in front of the doorway, there was enough room for her to make her way in to charge at the officers. At that time the officer stepped in to obstruct her from obstructing the investigation and the arrest of Jason Clark.

The bullet grazed a woman inside the house when an infant was present. The baby was not injured, and the victim was taken to a hospital where she refused treatment.

Blenker was charged with felony assault, felony reckless endangerment and obstructing government administration. She had prior aggravated harassment charges, and will be charged for that warrant.

Clark was charged with felony assault warrant for a second-degree assault charge in the city of Lockport. Clark is going to be arraigned in the Town of Lockport this morning.

Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour said, “It just kept evolving, originally it was an investigation to get Jason T. Clark off the street. That led to a drug investigation, which led to Orleans Avenue, which led to remnants of methamphetamine in plain view, which led to a search warrant.”

Voutour says Clark is accused of stabbing someone at a Big Lots on Sunday. Clark will also be charged with assault.

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