BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo police commissioner is expressing frustration over the trend in recent crimes, saying it’s something he has never experienced in his career.
Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia held a news conference on Sunday to address an incident in which police say a suspect jumped onto a patrol car and fired at officers after he allegedly shot and killed another man.
An arrest warrant was been issued Sunday for Nakeem Haynes, 27, for attempted murder, according to authorities.
Commissioner Gramaglia says officers were on a routine patrol near Broadway and Sears Street Friday night when they say they found Atlas Jonson, 63, after he had been shot several times. He died at the scene, police said.
According to the commissioner, the officers then spotted Haynes, who was still in the area. When the officers drove toward Haynes, police say he jumped onto their patrol vehicle and fired shots through the windshield. The officers were not hit, the commissioner said, but their vehicle collided with the side of a building.
Authorities say the officers chased Haynes on foot for two blocks to Playter Street where they fired their weapons, hitting Haynes eight times. Haynes is currently listed in critical but stable condition at ECMC and is expected to recover.
The commissioner says Haynes was on parole after serving time for illegal possession of a handgun.
“I can say that in my 28 years of policing I’ve never seen anything like what has been going on over the last several months where we’ve had police officers shot, shot at,” said Commissioner Gramaglia. Again, this is the second individual involved in a shooting where our officers are involved that is a convicted felon in possession of a gun. And I have a real issue with the fact that convicted felons on probation, on parole, are confident enough that they can pick up a weapon and walk around, this individual was on parole and is walking around with a .45 caliber Glock handgun, that’s a real problem.”
The officers who shot Haynes are currently on administrative leave, which is a routine part of department procedure, police say.
Investigators plan to release body camera footage from the shooting later this week.
BPD commissioner expresses frustration over recent trend in crime