BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Tempers flared after a man's court appearance Thursday in Buffalo City Court.
Tension was already filling the air, when 24-year-old Joshua Mitchell went before Judge James McLeod to face two weapons counts. Mitchell is the suspect in the fatal early Wednesday morning shooting of 39-year-old Brian Chapman, Jr., a Metro bus driver. Chapman was gunned down on his front porch as he was waiting for a ride to work.
Police arrested Mitchell a short time after the shooting, accusing the LaSalle Street man of throwing a 38-caliber revolver out of a window of car that was spotted leaving the scene of the shooting. Because Mitchell has a previous weapons conviction from 2007, he faces an additional charge.
Judge McLeod set bail for Mitchell at a million dollars, touching off a cheer from a large crowd of Chapman's family in the gallery. Then if you watch closely you can see Mitchell making a remark, which witnesses say was highly insulting to the victim's family, setting off a courtroom melee involving the Chapman family and Mitchell's.
Court officers forced the angry crowd out into the hallway, ending the explosive confrontation with one arrest, a court officer, and a member of the District Attorney's staff slightly injured.
After Thursday's court appearence on weapons charges, Buffalo Police charged Joshua Mitchell with second degree murder. He is due back in Buffalo City Court next Tuesday to face the new charges.
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