Suspect in custody following fatal shooting at Niagara Metals

Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Niagara Falls police say a man was fatally shot at Niagara Metals on Thursday morning.

Police responded to the scene around 8:16 a.m. and found a man who had died as the result of a gunshot wound.

The suspect in the shooting, 35-year-old Matthew Figura Jr., was later located after police said he left the scene. Niagara Falls city officials say he was taken into custody by the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office. According to Niagara County District Attorney Brian Seaman, the suspect was apprehended in the Erie County Town of Sardinia, which is on the Wyoming County border.

Seaman tells News 4 Figura is expected to be arraigned Friday on murder and criminal possession of a weapon charges in Niagara Falls City Court.

Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino said the unidentified victim, who police say is a Niagara County man, and the suspect both worked at the Niagara Metals location on Packard Rd. in the city.

“I don’t know if it was workplace violence. I don’t know if it was a personal matter,” explained Restaino. “That’s what I’m hoping we can find out more about once conversations start going on with the individual that has been apprehended. That’s the part right now that continues to be a blind spot.”

Evan Anstey is an Associated Press Award and Emmy-nominated digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.

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