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Buffalo SWAT Takes Out Gunman Who Shot Hostage Negotiator In the Face

February 04, 2010  | 

The Buffalo SWAT unit ended an armed confrontation with a shotgun-wielding gunman who shot a police hostage negotiator.

Eric Ocasio, 27, was found with a shotgun near his body. The sheet-metal worker had three children and was going through a divorce.

The incident began when officers responded to a "check the welfare" call on a man who was having suicidal thoughts.

Det. John Garcia, 47, a member of the Hostage Management Team, was struck in the face and parts of the upper body by about a half-dozen pellets while trying to defuse the situation.

The Spectrum provides an excellent account of the situation. Read the full story.


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