Buffalo Police identify deceased suspect, officer in deadly officer-involved shooting


UPDATE: The deceased has been identified as 47-year-old Marcus Neal of Buffalo. 

The officer is 25-year-old Joseph Meli. 

(WIVB) –  Buffalo Police confirm that the 47-year-old suspect shot by an officer Tuesday night has died from his injuries. 

The incident that happened in the Hertel Avenue-Military Road area.

The shooting followed a pursuit of a suspected shoplifter, who ran when an officer spotted him, according to Capt. Jeff Rinaldo, Buffalo Police Department.

Capt. Rinaldo held a press conference on the incident Wednesday afternoon. 

Just after 11:30, the suspect was spotted on Amherst Street, leading to the foot pursuit up to Gladstone Street.

The person climbed from a back yard onto a flat roof of a garage on Gladstone Street, police followed him up, and the man charged at police with a knife, according to Capt. Rinaldo.

One officer fired a weapon, hitting the suspect, Capt. Rinaldo said.

The suspect was transported to Erie County Medical Center, and taken into surgery. He was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon. 

The officer was also brought to ECMC for evaluation as part of standard protocol in these situations. We’re told he is okay.

The Buffalo Police homicide squad and internal affairs division were sent to the scene to investigate.  Police have contacted the Erie County District Attorney, a routine step for this type of incident, said Capt. Rinaldo.

During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Capt. Rinaldo said that the suspect was making suicidal statements. 

Capt. Rinaldo said that officers gave multiple verbal commands to the suspect and deployed pepper spray prior to the shooting. 

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