Thu August 2, 2012
Buffalo Police Commissioner says it appears officers justified in fatal shooting of Riverside woman
Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said a fatal police shooting in the City's Riverside neighborhood is "a tragedy for all involved"
Derenda said four-year-old Roderick Geiger died as a result of stabbing. And the suspect - the boy's grandmother - 38-year-old Charlene Fears was shot and killed inside 195 Esser Avenue.
Commissioner Derenda said the initial investigation indicates officers "were justified in using deadly physical force."
"While on routine patrol, they were flagged down about a young child stabbed. While doing their initial investigation, calling for an ambulance, they were confronted by a suspect, covered in blood, a knife in each hand advanced toward them after repeatedly told to stop, drop the weapons," said Derenda. "Our initial investigation, as I said, appears they were justified in their actions."
Derenda said the investigation continues.
The officers involved in the shooting Robert Yeates - a 26-year department veteran - and Probationary Police Officer John Mulderig - who graduated from the Academy Friday - are on administrative leave.