JAVA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police are trying to piece together the moments that led up to an officer using deadly force in Cheektowaga. Investigators say the man from Wyoming County was shot twice in the chest. News 4 is learning this wasn’t Darryl Bosell, first run in with the law.
In 2014 he was arrested for DWI near his home town in Java. News 4 spoke with a neighbor who just moved into Bosell’s old apartment. He said Bosell was living with family before his death. That neighbor didn’t want to appear on camera, but called Bosell kind-hearted.
Cheektowaga Police Chief David Zack said, “It is alleged that Bosell was in possession of a .42 caliber hand gun.”
Bosell then headed to this parking lot of the Best Western Hotel in Cheektowaga. The confrontation was caught on the officer’s dash camera.
Zack said, “It is clear there is a handgun and Mr. Bosell does face the officer with that handgun.”
Police say the suspect then “aggressively” approached the officer outside of the hotel leaving the officer no choice but to use deadly force.
He was shot twice in the chest. This gun was later found to be unloaded.
Police say he had been drinking all day, but wouldn’t talk about his state of mind at the time. Zack said, “Mr. Bosell’s family is obviously in pain and suffering and in mourning. We feel it would be inappropriate to delve into anything like that at this time.”
The Bosell family Attorney released a statement Monday afternoon saying in part, “we pray for the responding officer and his family, that he will be able to return to his job and serve his community soon. The Bosell family needs time to heal and respectfully requests their privacy at this time.”
The investigation continues into what happened, and police wouldn’t comment on whether this was a suicide by cop incident. The name of the officer will not be released until the case goes to a grand jury, if that ultimately happens.
The Officer is now placed on paid administrative leave, standard protocol for officer-involved shootings.