Buffalo Police Release Footage Of Officer-Involved Shooting On Hertel
The Buffalo Police Department has released bodycam footage of the officer-involved shooting of a man on Hertel Avenue. The man, who was allegedly wielding a knife, was shot by two officers. He has been identified as 30-year-old Dominique Thomas. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center where he is listed in stable but in serious condition. Police say he called for assistance and wanted to be taken to ECMC before the shooting. Officers say he charged at them with the knife, which is why they discharged their weapons. The two officers who fired at Thomas have been named - Phillip Edwards, who has worked for the force since January 2015, and Michael Ramos, who has been with BPD since January 2020. The police who responded to the mental health call did not have access to tasers or BolaWrap. There does not appear to be any mental health worker on the scene, which is something that has been previously discussed in response to mental health calls.
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Officers with the Buffalo Police Department shot a man on Hertel Avenue. The shooting was in the area of Shoshone Park by Beard and Wesley. The incident took place around 4:30 am on the morning of Monday, March 14, 2022. Police responded to a call of a man with a knife. It's not clear whether the man approached officers with the knife, but officers fired and shot the man. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center where he is listed in serious condition. Police have not released the man's name or charges, according to WIVB. The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, which is BPD's policy.
Thomas is not the first person with mental health issues to be shot by the Buffalo Police Department recently. On Saturday, September 12, 2020, Buffalo Police shot a man near Genesee Street and Ash Street. Police were responding to a call of a person with a baseball bat, according to WKBW. Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo said one of the officers that went to the area was a crisis intervention officer. The man allegedly swung the bat at officers. Police fired two shots, he was hit once in the abdomen. The department said they tried to use pepper spray, but it was ineffective.