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DEPUTY SHOOTS OUT TIRE TO STOP FLEEING SUSPECT

An Erie County sheriff's deputy shot out a tire of a vehicle Thursday night in Depew to stop a runaway drug suspect who had injured a fellow deputy sheriff.

Deputies William Cooley and Timothy Carney stopped a white Buick on Walden Avenue east of Transit Road about 8:20 p.m., after deputies suspected involvement in drug activity in a convenience store parking lot.

As Cooley leaned into the car to question the driver, the man behind the wheel managed to pin the deputy in the door by closing the window, investigators said. The vehicle dragged Cooley, as the driver tried to get away.

Carney smashed the window to free Cooley. As the suspect backed the car up, it struck Cooley and caused leg and back injuries.

Carney, meanwhile, jumped clear of the vehicle, and fired two shots into the right front tire of the vehicle.

The vehicle sped off, but came to a stop at Transit and Walden, where the driver, Julian Wade, 22, of Fox Street, was arrested, officials said. He was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and reckless driving.

A female passenger was taken to Erie County Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation. A quantity of drugs was found in the vehicle, police said.

Cooley was treated at a local hospital and released, officials said.

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