BUFFALO, N.Y. — The 60-year-old man shot by Buffalo Police during a mental health crisis call Saturday has been arraigned on felony charges that carry a maximum seven-year prison sentence.
Willie Henley was virtually arraigned on one count of second-degree assault and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree. This stems from Saturday’s incident in downtown Buffalo where Henley is accused of swinging a bat at Buffalo police, hitting an officer twice. That then led to police shooting him.
Police on Monday released the names of the officers involved: Alyssa Peron and Karl Schultz. Both have been placed on administrative leave.
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says Henley used the baseball bat in an unlawful manner and it’s clear in his eyes he used it with deadly force.
“The swing was not just a wild swing, kind of get away from me swing, the swing was a legitimate in the batter’s box swing,” Flynn, (D) said.
Flynn says one of the next steps is to see if police had the justification to shoot Henley. His family told Spectrum News over the weekend that there could have been other methods of subduing him.
"If in fact Mr. Henley has some kind of mental illness or mental condition that is a potential not justification but that is a potential issue after the fact done by the court and done by the judge," the DA said.
Henley is remanded without bail pending the completion of two forensic exams.