3 charged in connection with shooting at Buffalo SWAT team

May 19, 2020

Buffalo Police have announced the arrests of three men in connection with a shooting Monday  on the city's West Side.

The event took place at around 10:40 a.m. as police and SWAT were executing a search warrant in the 2000 block of Niagara Street.

Pablo Alicea, 19, has been arraigned on a felony count of first degree attempted murder, a felony charge of second degree criminal possession of a weapon and two felony counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The suspect allegedly jumped out of a window as police entered the building, then fired two shots at an officer, who returned fire. No one was injured and the suspect was caught after a brief foot chase.

He will return to court on June 9 and is being held without bail. If convicted on all charges, he faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison.

Police say two others were arrested after a quantity of heroin was recovered inside the home. The defendant's father, Pablo Alicea, 39, and Cesarae Thomas, 40, were arraigned on various charges and also have future court dates pending.