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BPD Officer Involved in Shooting

A veteran Buffalo Police Officer discharged his weapon during a chase with suspects Tuesday morning. It began when officers from 'C' District responded to a fight call just before 11am. Officers stopped a vehicle they believed may have been involved in the incident. Two suspects in the car, who tried to get away, ended up crashing into the officers car and taking off. Then the officers pursued the vehicle over numerous streets before the suspects abandoned their vehicle and fled on foot.

One of the officers, 48 year old Anthony Porzio, discharged his weapon, which struck one of the confronted suspects on Reed Street. The suspect, 29 year old Damone L. McNamee of Buffalo, suffered a flesh wound in the ankle area. He was treated at ECMC and released into police custody.

McNamee faces numerous charges including reckless endangerment, possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. He was expected to be arraigned on Wednesday. Buffalo Police continue their search for the second suspect.

Officer Porzio, a 22 year veteran of the force, was placed on administrative leave. That is standard practice with any officer involved in a shooting. Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson said that Porzio was justified in discharging his weapon. At this point, the Professional Standards Division, as well as the Homicide squad, are investigating the incident.