NFTA Police: 1 arrested after driver attempts to hit police with vehicle

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — An NFTA internal affairs investigation is now underway after an officer involved shooting Thursday afternoon.

A suspect has been taken into custody after a car crash and foot chase.

NFTA police tell us their department hasn’t discharged a weapon since 2011.

This all started when a driver parked illegally at a bus stop.

NFTA police tried conducting a routine traffic stop, and then a series of events played out.

During that traffic stop on W. Utica St., the vehicle drove into the Burger King parking lot. Police tried to complete the traffic stop, and then the driver drove away on Main St., eventually stopping a short distance away.

We’re told police approached the vehicle and at some point, a back-up officer arrived on scene.

Officials say it appears the driver tried to hit the back-up officer with his car, and that’s when the back-up officer fired one gunshot through the wind shield.

After that, the vehicle left the scene and police say the car crashed on Northampton Street.

After the crash, the driver and passenger exited the vehicle. The passenger was detained by police, while the driver fled the scene on foot. After a short foot chase, authorities say they arrested the suspect.

The driver and the back-up police officer are undergoing medical evaluation, neither have life threatening injuries.

It’s unclear if the driver is hurt from the gun shot or the car crash.

Charges are expected against the driver.

Originally, it was reported that police apprehended a person suspected of shooting at an NFTA officer.

Tom Burton, the attorney for NFTA police officers, told News 4 the officer acted appropriately.

“In this instance there was a clearly perceived threat by what the driver said. A car was driven at this cop and under New York law, a vehicle in the right circumstance can become a deadly instrument,” said Burton.

Police are still waiting to interview both the police officer that discharged his weapon and the driver.

The NFTA police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave which is standard policy.

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