Former employee charged in Zoe restaurant shooting

CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) — A suspect has been charged in the Sept. 4 shooting and robbery of the Zoe restaurant owner.

On Friday, News 4 reported the suspect in the incident to be 36-year-old Christopher Boyd. The incident itself occurred around 11 p.m. in Clarence when the restaurant owner was allegedly robbed, shot at twice and struck once while closing and leaving. His wife was also shot at, State Police say, but was not struck.

New York State Police say Boyd is a former employee of Zoe.

While acting on a tip, Troopers say they saw Boyd enter a corner store in Buffalo. When they approached him, Boyd allegedly reached into his waistband to pull out a handgun, but he was tackled and apprehended before he could draw the weapon, Troopers say.

“I am grateful for the professional work of NYS Police and Parole who were able to apprehend the armed suspect without injury or loss of life,” acting Erie County District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty, Jr. said. “The State Police investigators have been working around the clock to solve this case and an Erie County Grand Jury will hear the evidence in the near future.”

Boyd was charged with attempted murder, robbery, assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. 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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