BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Joel Anzalone, 50, was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday on a gun charge after an officer’s weapon fell into his vehicle during an arrest attempt in September, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s office.

On September 16, detectives from the Town of Hamburg Police Department were reviewing a Buffalo department store’s surveillance footage. They were trying to identify a specific individual using a credit card at the store. The same card had been found in a stolen vehicle the day previous at the McKinley Plaza in Hamburg.

While detectives were reviewing the footage, a man entered the department store matching the description of the suspect in the surveillance footage. That man was Joel Anzalone.

When detectives confronted Anzalone in the parking lot to put him under arrest, he refused to turn his vehicle off and drove away. A detective was partly in the vehicle but was able to free himself. In the process of freeing himself from the moving vehicle, the detective’s holster and firearm fell off into Anzalone’s fleeing vehicle.

Anzalone was sentenced on one charge of second-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He will spend three years behind bars, followed by three years of post-release supervision.

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