CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- New details are emerging in the fatal officer-involved shooting in Cheektowaga this weekend.
Darrell Bosell, 34, was shot twice after authorities say he aggressively approached the officer with a gun in his hand on Saturday night in the parking lot of the Best Western of Genesee Street.
Police officers and state police detailed what led up to the shooting during a press conference Monday morning.
At 10 that night, troopers in Wyoming County sent out an alert to locate Bosell, who was believed to have a stolen .45 caliber handgun with ammunition in his possession. The alert went to patrol cars in Erie County, and the investigation led to an address on Dale Road in Cheektowaga.
When Bosell was not found there, several phone calls took place between Bosell and an officer, who said Bosell was intoxicated and in distress. Police pinged his cell phone, which led to a restaurant right in front of the hotel. The officer, who spoke to Bosell by phone, arrived at the hotel about 11 p.m., and his patrol car video showed a handgun in Bosell's hand.
Bosell pointed his gun at the officer when approaching him, which police say gave the officer no choice but to defend himself. He shot Bosell twice in the chest. Only audio of this was caught on his dash cam.
The 16-year veteran of the department is now on paid administrative leave.
"A member of our crisis intervention team, he's been well-trained both tactically and communication, de-escalation skills. He's one of the best we we have. We're very proud of him," said Cheektowaga Police Chief David Zack.
Zack met with the officer shortly after the shooting. He says he is with family now and receiving support from them and the department. It is department policy to eventually release his name, but will not do so until a grand jury takes a look at this case, if the matter goes that far.
Police say an autopsy on Bosell is being conducted.
The family of Bosell is speaking out following his death. Their attorney released a statement on their behalf Monday afternoon. The family thanked the Wyoming County sheriff's department and police agencies.
"We are grateful that no officer was hurt. We pray for the responding officer and his family, that he will be able to return to his job and serve his community soon. The Bosell family needs time to heal and respectfully request their privacy at this time."