Two arrested in shooting of off-duty police officer and friend

Jul 23, 2018

Buffalo Police have arrested two men in connection with the shooting of an off-duty police officer and another man.

Adrian Lias
Credit Buffalo Police Department

Arrested are Adrian Lias, 41, of Buffalo and Reginald Hokes, 40, of Charlotte, NC.

Detectives say the shooting happened just before 3:30 a.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of Broadway. The two victims were in their vehicle after leaving the Groove Lounge, a restaurant and sports bar/night spot on Broadway, when Lias approached the vehicle and began shooting.

Reginald Hokes
Credit Buffalo Police Department

A short time later, Ferry-Fillmore officers pulled over a vehicle in the 300 block of Jefferson Avenue that matched a description of the one involved in the shooting.

Lias has been charged with 2 counts of assault in the first degree, criminal possession of a loaded weapon and reckless endangerment. Hokes has been charged with criminal possession of a loaded weapon.

Police Monday morning said both shooting victims have been treated and released from Erie County Medical Center.