Neighbors call for change after home invasion leads to officer-involved shooting

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – While the Buffalo Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division continues to investigate Tuesday night’s officer involved shooting on the West Side, people who live around there say they’ve had enough. They calling for something to be done about the house where the incident began.

Around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a home invasion in progress at a home on the first block of California Street. Police say when they arrived, they saw the suspect running away from the scene. After a short chase, they say there was a struggle, during which an officer fired a gun. The suspect was shot once.

The whole thing left neighbors shaken, including a 12-year-old boy who talked to News 4 while he was waiting to go to school Wednesday morning. “Well it is kind of scary, because I’m a Christian and I want none of this going to my house. And I love to live, I love life, school is fun,” he said.

Everyone who spoke to News 4 about the situation did so on the condition of anonymity. There is a very real fear of retaliation for many of them.

But, they tell us they are not surprised by the fact that there was a home invasion at the house on California Street. Neighbors say they’ve seen a lot of drug activity there. “This was a safe community before they even got here,” one neighbor said.

“We have called 911, 311, the Buffalo Police tip line. They are junkies, drug dealers. They’ve overdosed on our front lawn. I’m sad that it’s come to this, but we have done everything in our power to get these people out of this house, and nothing has been done,” another neighbor added.

Neighbors say they’re hopeful more can be done now to deal with the problems on their street. And, they say they are standing by the officer who shot the suspect, “because probably he was trying to defend himself,” the 12-year-old boy pointed out.

We are still waiting to hear official word about what has happened to the police officer involved in the shooting.

The suspect who was shot was taken to ECMC with what were described as non-life threatening injuries.

 

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