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Paralyzed Buffalo Officer Dies

February 04, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of Buffalo PD.
Photo courtesy of Buffalo PD.

A Buffalo Police officer who was paralyzed by a suspect's bullet during a 2006 shooting has succumbed to wounds that ended her law enforcement career.

Officer Patricia "Patty" Parete, 48, died early Saturday at her home.

Officer Parete was shot the night of Dec. 5, 2006, after she and her partner, Officer Carl Andolina, responded to a call of a fight at a downtown convenience store. Varner Harris Jr., then 19, fired two rounds at Officer Parete—one struck her body armor, the other entered her chin and lodged in her spine. Officer Andolina was also shot, reports the Buffalo News.

Harris pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder and is now serving life in prison for the double shooting, reports WKBW.


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