BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A makeshift memorial of stuffed animals somewhat softens the scene at the house where four-year-old Roderick Geiger III was mortally stabbed by his grandmother, according to authorities. The grandmother, 38-year-old Charlene Fears was then shot dead by veteran Buffalo police officer Robert Yeates , after investigators say the woman came at him and his partner with two knives in her hands.
Police Commissioner Dan Derenda believes the officers were afraid for their lives and were justified when they shot and killed Fears.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said, "It became a very life and death situation for the officers, and I believe at this point in our initial investigation we believe it was a totally justified shooting."
Officer Robert Yeates is a 27 year member of the Buffalo Police Department. His partner who responded with him on Esser Avenue, John Michael Mulderig, just graduated from the Police Academy last Friday.
Yeates was put on administrative leave immediately and will be given counseling if requested, according to Derenda.
They were on a routine patrol of the neighborhood, when city surveillance cameras recorded them suddenly being stopped by a neighbor.
Derenda said, "They got flagged down. Child was stabbed. As they went to attend to the child, called for an ambulance, they were confronted by Miss Fears."
Charlene Fears, who suffered from mental illness, is generally remembered by neighbors and relatives as a caring mother and grandmother.
City surveillance cameras were rolling in the neighborhood but police won't say what they caught.
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