NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - Niagara Falls Police responded to a call early Saturday morning that lead to gun fire exchange between an officer and the suspects involved.
The incident happened around 3 a.m., when officers began a search for a red car and green van which shots were reportedly being fired between. Shortly after, they responded to an accident at 9th street and Ferry Ave. involving a green van.
Officers found a gunshot hole on the passenger's side of the green van; two passengers were interviewed by police.
The red vehicle was subsequently found at 15th Street and Ferry Ave. whose passenger fled on foot. An officer started chasing after the suspect who fired one shot at the official from what appeared to be a long gun.
Police say the suspect's shot missed the officer who then fired back. It is believed the suspect was not hit by the officer.
The driver of the red car identified at Rashaun M. Dix, was arrested and charged for vehicle and traffic law violations and unlawfully fleeing from the police.
In December of 2011, Dix was one of 26 people arrested and charged in 26 separate Criminal Complaints with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of crack cocaine or cocaine. Dix could face a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum 40 years in prison and a $5,000,000 fine if convicted.
An extensive search continues for the passenger of the red car who fled the scene. He is described as a black male about 6 feet tall.
An active investigation in underway. Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Desk at 286-4711
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