CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Cheektowaga Police held a press conference Sunday morning following an incident where an officer used “deadly physical force.”
New York State Police out of Wyoming County notified the Cheektowaga Police Department around 10 p.m. Saturday night that a man with a stolen hand gun may be in the Cheektowaga area.
State Police said the man, Java resident Darrell Bosell, 34, had a .45 caliber handgun, a magazine with eight rounds, and 30 additional rounds. He had been drinking all day, according to Cheektowaga Police.
Cheektowaga Police officers were able to locate Bosell in the Best Western parking lot on Genesee St. around 11 p.m. after making contact with him via cell phone beforehand. Bosell was spotted within 13 seconds of their arrival with a gun in his hand.
Police say Bosell directed the gun at an officer who was still in his vehicle.
According to Assistant Chief Jim Speyer, the responding officer, who is a member of the Crisis Intervention Team, was “required to use deadly force to defend himself.” He fired two shots at Bosell, hitting him in the chest.
Police believe there was no opportunity to de-escalate the situation, saying, “From what we know now, I don’t think there’s any question that the officer involved had any choice but to defend himself.”
Bosell was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital where he died from his injuries a short time later. The weapon recovered at the scene appeared to be one stolen in Wyoming County. Police say it was not loaded.
An attorney for the family of Bosell thanked the police for professionalism as the investigation moves forward.
“On behalf of Mrs. Bosell, her children, and family, we would like to thank the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, the Wyoming County Dispatchers, the New York State Police, and the Cheektowaga Police Department for their service and professionalism during this difficult time. We are grateful that no officer was hurt. We pray for the responding office and his family, that he will be able to return to his job and serve his community soon.”
Mason Meyer, the family’s attorney, said the family will not be doing any interviews, as they need time to heal.
Dash cam video from the incident does not show the entirety of the incident, but it is clear what happened, according to police. Police say they will release the dash cam footage at a later date. Right now, they are looking to see if Best Western has footage of the incident.
Bosell had previously been arrested on charges of aggravated DWI and DWI in 2014.
Department policy requires the 16-year veteran officer be put on paid administrative leave. The Attorney General’s office has determined that this investigation is not in their jurisdiction and because of that, the District Attorney’s office will handle it.
Police will not release the officer’s name unless the case goes to a Grand Jury.
Speyer says that this scene has significant value to the police department because 32 year-old Cheektowaga Officer David Tolsma was shot and killed in 1977 right next door.
The weapon recovered at the scene appears to be the one stolen in Wyoming County.