Bat-wielding Buffalo man being held pending $15K bail, mental tests

Oct 28, 2020

The Buffalo man who was shot by a Buffalo Police officer after allegedly hitting another officer with a baseball bat last month is being held at the Erie County Holding Center pending $15,000 bail and mental health tests.

A protester in MLK Park in September wears a shirt with Willie Henley's picture.
Credit Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Willie Henley, 60, was arraigned via videoconference Wednesday for the Sept. 12 incident. He is charged with one count of second-degree assault and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Henley was reportedly in the midst of a mental health crisis when he swung a bat at the rookie officer and was then shot. He also has a criminal history, apparently linked with his mental health troubles as well.

His shooting sparked days of protests by hundreds of demonstrators in the city regarding the possible diversion of mental health calls away from police. Henley is due in court for a felony hearing Monday.