Arrests have been made after a Buffalo police officer and two New York State troopers were hit by a vehicle during a protest Monday night.
Police were lined up outside the department’s E-District headquarters on Bailey Avenue when a Ford Explorer drove through the blockade, striking a trooper and a Buffalo police officer, and running over another trooper on the ground.
New York State Police said Tuesday morning one trooper was treated at ECMC for a shattered pelvis and a broken leg.
The other trooper and Buffalo police officer were treated for minor injuries, according to state police. That trooper suffered a hand/wrist injury, was treated, and released. The officer was also treated and released, according to Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.
State police released the names of the two members struck by the vehicle, tweeting the following:
“The more seriously injured, Trooper Ronald Ensminger Jr. is a 19-year-veteran of the NYSP. Trooper Randall Shenefiel, is a 17 -year-veteran of the NYSP. The investigation is ongoing.”
Troopers on the scene fired at the vehicle, according to state police. The vehicle was apprehended and the operator and occupants were taken into custody.
While taking the operator into custody, law enforcement observed a gunshot wound. One of the passengers had a gunshot wound, the other had no injuries, according to police.
On Wednesday, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced that the driver of the vehicle, Deyanna Davis, 30, of Buffalo, has been arraigned on one count of aggravated assault upon a police officer, two counts of assault in the second degree, one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, and one count criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree.
Davis is scheduled to return on Wednesday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m. for a felony hearing. Bail is set at $200,000.
If convicted on all charges, she faces a maximum of 25 in prison.
Police say two passengers of the vehicle have been charged for criminal possession of a stolen handgun.
Semaj Pigram, 25, and Walter Stewart, Jr., 28, both of Buffalo, have been arraigned on one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and one count of criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree.
DA Flynn released the following statement, in part:
“It is alleged that on Monday, June 1, 2020, at approximately 10:00 p.m., the defendants were the passengers of a vehicle that drove through a blockade of law enforcement at a protest on Bailey Avenue and Decker Street in the City of Buffalo. Investigators allegedly recovered a loaded handgun from inside the vehicle. The weapon was reported stolen from West Seneca in January 2020.”
Pigram and Stewart are scheduled to return on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. for a felony hearing. Bail is set at $100,000 for Pigram and $175,000 for Stewart, who was wanted on warrants in unrelated, pending felony charges. If convicted on all charges, both face a maximum of 15 years in prison, according to the statement.
The Erie County District Attorney’s Office continues to investigate the incident.