Sheriff who responded to Wheatfield shooting identified

WHEATFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) — After taking a week to make sure his deputy was of sound mind, Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour released the identity of the man who was first on the scene of a fatal shooting in Wheatfield.

Ten year veteran of the force, Deputy Sheriff Joe Tortorella, was the first on the scene after he was dispatched to check on the well-being of a home after a dropped 911 call. Tortorella’s actions afterwards brought praise from Voutour.

Tortorella engaged in a gun fight when he was shot at by Duane A. Bores Jr., the man identified as the person who shot both his parents at their Wheatfield home. The deputy, who has been assigned to cover the Wheatfield area, was hit by one of the bullets, but saved by his bulletproof vest.

The deputy quickly radioed in to lock down the elementary school.

“Deputy Tortorella reacted and did what he was trained to do, and his swift actions may have saved lives,” he said.

Voutour said Tortorella has received many departmental awards and letters of thanks from the public. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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