Man with Sawed-Off Shotgun Confronts Deputies.
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports two Deputies responded to the Country Fair convenient store and gas station at Route 39 and South Cascade Drive in Springville at approximately 10:20 P.M. on August 5 for reports of a male in the store with a sawed-off shotgun. The armed subject entered the store, and when he exited, he confronted the Deputies. The Deputies gave multiple police commands to drop the gun, but the assailant refused and kept advancing toward the Deputies. At this time, the Deputies discharged their service pistols striking the armed subject. The assailant was taken to Erie County Medical Center where medical staff performed surgery. The Sheriff’s Office does not have an official medical status of the subject, but medical professionals stated he is expected to survive. Sheriff Detectives, members of the Crime Scene Unit and the Professional Standards Division are investigating the incident, and the Deputies who responded to the call are cooperating with investigators. When the gunman arrived and entered the store, there were approximately twelve customers and employees at the establishment. The Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that none of the innocent bystanders were injured despite the assailant discharging his weapon. The gunman’s name and the identity of the Deputies are being withheld at this time as investigators continue interviewing individuals.