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Buffalo Officer Attacked by Man on Synthetic Marijuana, Police Say

January 10, 2017  | 

Elijah Davis, 20, was charged with felony assault on an officer. Police say he admitted he had been smoking synthetic marijuana. (Photo: Buffalo PD)
Elijah Davis, 20, was charged with felony assault on an officer. Police say he admitted he had been smoking synthetic marijuana. (Photo: Buffalo PD)

A Buffalo, NY, police officer found herself in a fight for her life early Sunday inside her SUV patrol car with a man who had gone berserk on synthetic drugs, authorities said.

Moments before that encounter, the suspect, feigning injury sprawled in the middle of the intersection of Main and Barker streets, leaped into the front seat of a car driven by a man who had stopped out of concern, police said.

The motorist, who was on his way to work at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, was armed with a pistol and shot his attacker in the hand. That enabled the motorist to drive a short distance and call 911 on his cellphone.

Central District Officer Jasmine Olmstead responded to the call and spotted a bleeding man lying in the intersection at Main and Barker.

"She drove up slowly and opened her driver's side door and called out to the man, 'Sir, are you OK?' He jumped on the hood of the patrol car and worked his way over to the open window and climbed onto her lap and started punching her and grabbing for her gun," said Central District Chief Joseph A. Gramaglia.

At Erie County Medical Center, Elijah Davis, 20, of Buffalo, admitted to another officer and the doctor treating him that he had been smoking synthetic marijuana and had also consumed "mollies," a lesser known type of ecstasy.

Olmstead was also treated at ECMC, later released and placed on injury leave, the chief told Buffalo News.

Davis, who remained in police custody, was charged with felony assault of a police officer, and multiple misdemeanor charges of obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and harassment.



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Rede2hike @ 1/10/2017 6:18 PM

Looky, he's a gang member (hashed eye brows) too. I know that we can't say gang members when they are non Caucasian but he is.

Leonard Mather @ 1/27/2017 5:48 PM

This case may prove to be a good argument for use of REAL THC instead of synthetic. Of course the Mollies are another variable, but it is my supposition that real THC would NOT result in the type of pandemonium exemplified herein were he using the real thing and NOT synthetic. My reasoning rests with the unusual agility being displayed by the Perp and I believe the energy level would have been less were his usage limited to regular, old fashioned THC so that the female officer would NOT have been set upon via an open window then resulting in the Perp ending up in her lap. As for the gunshot to the hand, I would recommend firearm refresher training for better aim at body mass.

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