BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Police responded to Lisbon Avenue in Buffalo, two blocks away from the University at Buffalo's South Campus, after a suspected burglar was shot and killed by one of their fellow officers.
Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards says the Buffalo cop, identified as Duane Luchey, returned home early in the afternoon on Monday and found a 53-year-old man inside his home at 182 Lisbon.
Police say Luchey, who was off-duty at the time, returned home and found his house ransacked. Among the items missing were a handgun, jewelry and cash. According to police, Luchey heard the suspected burglar coming down the stairs, and when the suspect refused to stop, Luchey opened fire. The man stumbled outside and fell, dying near the side door.
Kathleen Nasso said, "I've been living here for 48 years. With everything going on, my husband wants to move. And I think we will."
Murray Holman of the Stop the Violence Coalition added, "The area is changing. If I had a gun, I would be doing the same thing, protecting myself."
Luchey is a veteran of the force who used to be a school resource officer at Seneca, and before that was a gym teacher at Emerson.
Police continue to investigate the incident and say they recovered stolen items, including the handgun. Because a police officer was involved, Internal Affairs will conduct their own investigation.
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