BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The suspect in a deadly Buffalo shooting is in the hospital after firing at officers Friday evening.

Ferry-Fillmore officers were patrolling when they discovered a 63-year-old Atlas Johnson of Buffalo, who had been shot several times near Broadway and Sears Street, according to a Buffalo Police spokesperson.

The Johnson was declared dead at the scene.

The suspect in the shooting, 27-year-old Nakeem Haynes of Buffalo, took aim at the responding officers. He fired at the officers through the patrol vehicle windshield, BPD said in a news release.

Authorities went after Haynes on foot, ending when officers shot him eight times. He was treated for his injuries at Erie County Medical Center.

Haynes is in critical condition and faces an attempted murder charge. Other charges are pending.

Two officers are on administrative leave, the standard protocol for shooting incidents.

“You know I can only guess in this individual’s mind, is that he had no fear of the criminal justice system,” said Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia. “He had no fear as to what was gonna happen to him if he was caught with that gun, and to me, that’s a problem. We need violent offenders behind bars they have to be, they have to be held when arrested with guns, they have to be held when they’re arrested with guns.”

The Internal Affairs Division and homicide detectives are investigating the shooting, per BPD policy.

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