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POLICE INVOLVED IN HOTEL SHOOTING TOOK APPROPRIATE ACTION, DA SAYS

Three Buffalo police officers involved in shooting a man at the Lafayette Hotel Tuesday will not face a criminal investigation, Erie County District Attorney Kevin M. Dillon said Thursday.

Their actions were "entirely appropriate and perfectly justified," Dillon said. He refused, however, to disclose the details of the incident on which he based his decision.

The wounded man, Richard Rhodes, 47, was preparing Thursday to undergo a court-ordered mental test.

Dillon said his office's review of the shooting supported police claims that the action of the offices was correct "under the circumstances."

Rhodes will be prosecuted on reckless endangerment and weapons counts for allegedly brandishing a loaded .22-caliber rifle at the officers, Dillon said.

Rhodes was reportedly shot three times in the hand, arm and legs when Lt. Michael McParlane and Officers Salvatore Losi and Mark Mullins confronted him as he was carrying his loaded rifle outside his room at the hotel about 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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