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VIDEO: Bodycam Shows Gunfight Between Murder Suspect And Buffalo Police

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo police released bodycam video on Thursday of the officer-involved shooting of a murder suspect who was shooting at officers (video below).

The incident occurred as Buffalo police officers were responding to a shooting call just after 7 p.m. on June 17 near Broadway and Sears Street, WIVB reported.

Police said the suspect had just fatally shot 63-year-old Atlas Johnson multiple times in front of a laundromat.

Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene, according to WKBW.

The sound of five gunshots was captured by the bodycam of an officer on an unrelated call several blocks away, WGRZ reported.

When police arrived on the scene, the gunman – later identified as 27-year-old Nakeem Haynes – jumped on the hood of the police car and opened fire on the responding officers, WIVB reported.

Police said Haynes fired a shot at the officers through the windshield of their patrol car, WKBW reported.

The bullet struck the gun holster on the belt of one of the officers, but the officer was not hurt.

Officers chased Haynes on foot for two blocks before they caught up with him, the bodycam showed.

“Put the gun down! You’re gonna get shot!” one of the officers yelled at Haynes as they pursued him.

Police said that when Haynes reached Kent Street and officers had almost caught up with him, he turned and opened fire on them again.

Bodycam video showed Haynes with his weapon in his hand just before he was shot by police.

Haynes was shot eight times, WKBW reported.

He was transported to the hospital for treatment in stable condition and was expected to survive.

The Erie County District Attorney’s Office said Haynes is facing charges of attempted murder for firing at the officers, WKBW reported.

Haynes will also be facing murder charges for killing Johnson.

Buffalo Police Department Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said the officers who shot Haynes were cooperating with investigators, WKBW reported.

He said both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation is conducted, as is protocol for all officer-involved shootings.

Commissioner Gramaglia expressed support for those officers when he released the bodycam video, according to WKBW.

“I believe that the actions the officers took were within the confines of the law and within the confines of department policy,” the police commissioner said.

He showed reporters that slug that was recovered from inside the police vehicle to demonstrate how close Haynes had come to shooting an officer, WKBW reported.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content:

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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